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[Mr. Tsukamoto, 11/9/44]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Mr. Tsukamoto, 11/9/44]
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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Rivers, Ariz., Nov. 9, 1944


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


2 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink portrait sketches of two men, Mr. Tsukamoto and Mr. Sagara, at Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona on Novermeber 9, 1944.
Top portrait of Mr. Tsukamoto in a brimless cook's hat, smoking a pipe The straps of an apron are visible over a t-shirt. He looks to the right of viewer. Visible from shoulders up.
Bottom portrait of Mr. Sagara in brimless cook's hat and apron over a collared shirt. Sagara has lines under his eyes and looks directly at viewer. Visible from chest up.
Drawing 97.106.2EZ 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 black ink, top right: 11/9/44. Written in black ink below top image: Mr. Tsukamoto. Written in black ink below bottom image: Mr. Sagara. Written in black ink to right of image: Sagara. Written in pencil, bottom left: 89.

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