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Nov. 9, 1944
Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada
4 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; 9.5 x 6 in.
Ink portrait sketches of heads of three men and a women at Jerome Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona on November 9, 1944.
Top left sketch of a grinning man, Mr. Komai, looking directly at viewer. He wears a garment with wide lapels. Visible from shoulders up.
Top right cartoonish sketch of a balding head with three hairs standing up on top and a mustache over frowning mouth. Simple features.
Bottom left sketch of a woman in profile facing right. Her head is inclined and her eyes are closed. Visible from shoulders up.
Bottom right sketch of a man's head, Mr Ozawa, as he eats. Ozawa wears glasses and his hair is parted on the proper left. His eyes are closed.
Drawing 97.106.2EY 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: 11-9-44. Written in black ink on top left image, bottom: Mr. Komai. Written in black ink below bottom right image: Mr. Ozara [overwritten] / Eating / Ozawa.
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