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Leaving Camp 2 for Camp 1 to see flower at nursery, 12/5/44, 10 AM

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

Leaving Camp 2 for Camp 1 to see flower at nursery, 12/5/44, 10 AM
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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Rivers, Ariz., Dec. 5, 1944


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


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

Ink sketches of the road from Camp 2 to Camp 1 and the interior of a bus on the way to Camp 1 nursery at Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona on December 5, 1944, 10 AM.
Top sketch of a vehicle, apparently a bus, on a wide road extending back into mountains in the distance. Utility poles line road on right.
Bottom sketch of seven people and an infant seated in a bus. A man is seated on the left facing others seated on long benches extending the length of the bus. Figure in center holds an infant in her lap.
Drawing 97.106.2FB 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 between top and bottom images: Leaving Camp 2 for Camp 1 / To See flower at Nursery | 12/5/44 / 10 AM. Written in black ink below left image: Inside bus.

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