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12-31-43 Mochi tsuki

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

12-31-43 Mochi tsuki
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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Denson, Ark., Dec. 31, 1943


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


2 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; top image 4.75 x 6 in., bottom image 4.75 x 6 in., on sheet 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink sketches of four men pounding mochi and four women forming mochi at Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas on December 31, 1943.
Top sketch depicts two pairs of men pounding mochi in two separate usu, or mortar. On the left, a man pounds the mochi in the mortar with a kine, or pestle, while another man leans over mortar. On the right, a man, Mr. Sugita, raises a kine over his head as other man turns the mochi in the usu.
Bottom rough sketch of four women bending over a table as they form mochi into balls.
Drawing 97.106.2EQ 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 black ink, top left: 12-31-44- / Mochi Tsuki -.

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