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["Kyupisan" Kubota shimai : 2-12-44]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

["Kyupisan" Kubota shimai : 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


3 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; top image 4.5 x 6 in., bottom left image 4.5 x 3.5 in., bottom right image 4.5 x 2.5 in., on sheet 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink sketches of performances of "Kyupisan" by Kubota sisters and "Akagi no komoryta" or "Lullaby of Akagi," by Yoshiyuki Yoshikane, and a sketch of a boy at the anniversary of people from Hawaii at Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas on February 12, 1944. Sketches divided by blue line borders.
Top sketch of two girls, Kubota sisters, dressed in short gingham dresses with bow in back standing in profile facing a man seated at a what appears to be a piano. The man sits on stool with his back to viewer. Both girls have short bobbed hair, the sister on right stands with her arms outstretched.
Bottom left sketch of a man, Yoshiyuki Yoshikane, singing a ryukoka, Japanese popular song, "Lullaby of Akagi." Yoshikane stands in profile facing right as he hold microphone stand in his proper right hand.
Bottom right sketch of a boy facing viewer. He stands with arms at side looking to the right of viewer.
Drawing 97.106.2EM on recto 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 on top image, top left (In Japanese): 2-12-44 / "Kyupisan" Kubota shimai. Written in blue ink on bottom left image (In Japanese): Ryukoka "Akagi no komryuta" Yoshikane Yoshiyuki.

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