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Yoshio's birthplace at Gone village in Kumamoto, Japan

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

Yoshio's birthplace at Gone village in Kumamoto, Japan
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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

United States, Sep. 21, 1942


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


1 drawing on paper : ink ; 3.625 x 5 in., on sheet 9.5 x 6 in.

Detailed ink drawing of a Japanese farm in Gone village, Yoshio's birthplace in Kumamoto, Japan. Traditional thatched house and building with open courtyard bordered by trees on left midground. On right, bridge over waterway that extends into distance. Rice fields in left foreground and right midground. Hills visible in background below puffy clouds.

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 black ink below image, bottom: Yoshio's birthplace / at Gone Village / in Kumamoto, Japan.

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