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[Sungeki "Tonari gumi" : 2-12-44

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Sungeki "Tonari gumi" : 2-12-44
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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Denson, Ark., Feb. 12, 1944


Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada


2 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; top image 4.5 x 6 in., bottom image 4.5 x 6 in., on sheet 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink sketches of scenes from a Japanese comedy skit, "Tonari gumi" or "Neighbors," at the anniversary of people from Hawaii at Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas on February 12, 1944. Sketches divided by two blue horizontal lines.
Top sketch depicts an old couple in kimono seated at a bench with a man dressed as a samurai seated behind a table in the background ; elder man identified as Kusunoki. Two partial sketches of men visible from chest up are inserted to the left and right of couple ; the man on left, Ageno, wears a hat and inclines his head to the right ; the man on right, Kaneko, has a mustache and hat inclines his head toward the viewer.
Bottom sketch of three women in kimono, two seated, one standing. The woman seated on left, Ito, sits with hands in lap and head inclined. Woman on right, Ayano, stands facing the viewer and has a bow in her hair.
Drawing 97.106.2EN on verso of same sheet.

Hoshida was one of the seven to nine hundred Japanese Americans in Hawaii who were incarcerated in Justice Department internment camps. He was acutely aware of the importance of recording his experiences through the pen and ink drawings and watercolors he made during his incarceration in five different locations. While Hoshida did not attempt to make any overt commentary on the interment, his drawings and sketches provide a continuous and detailed account of daily activities and his long journey from Hilo, Hawaii, to the desert of Arizona.

Written in blue ink, top left: 2-12-44. Written in blue ink, top right (In Japanese): Sungeki "Tonarigumi." Written in pencil, bottom left: 81.

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