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Tomizo Kanno, age 39, Hawaii, 7-28-42

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

Tomizo Kanno, age 39, Hawaii, 7-28-42
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 1942


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


2 drawings on paper, lined and laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 4.75 x 3 in., right image 4.75 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Portraits of two men, Tomizo Kanno and Yohei Kaneda, in Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on July 28, 1942. Both drawings have double lined border and English and Japanese identification.
Left portrait of Tomizo Kanno, a 39 year-old employee at Hilo sake brewing company of Hilo, Hawaii, originally from Fukushima, Japan. Viewed from the shoulders up, Kanno has a small mustache, short hair and looks to the left of viewer. He wears a button down shirt. Background is cross-hatched.
Right portrait of Yohei Kaneda, a 60 year-old farmer of Naalehu, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Dressed in an undershirt, Kaneda is an older man with white hair in a crew cut and lined face. His eyes are downcast. Background is gray and cross-hatched.

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 left image: Tomizo Kanno Age 39 Hawaii. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Fukushimashi Sotonodamura oaza Kaminoji asa Takenouchi 77 banchi / Hawai to Hiroshi Kapiolanigai 126 banchi / Hiro shuzo [unreadable] Kaisha nai Kanno Tomizo. Written in black ink below right image: Yohei Kaneda Age 60 Naalehu Hawaii. Written in black ink to the left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Takadagun Mitamura Kaito / Hawai to Naarefu no 60 sai / Kaneda Yohei.

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