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[Yoshio Takahata, age 46, 10-10-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Yoshio Takahata, age 46, 10-10-42]
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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 3.875 x 3 in., right image 3.875 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Yoshio Takahata and Hatsukichi Yamamoto, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico, October 10, 1942. Both drawings have pencil lineborders.
Left portrait of Yoshio Takahata, a 46 year-old man of Honaunau, Kona, Hawaii originally from Kumamoto, Japan. Dressed in a button-down striped shirt, he looks directly at the viewer. His hair is closely cropped.
Right portrait of Hatsukichi Yamamoto, 49 year-old hotel employee of Hawi, Kohala, Hawaii originally from Hiroshima, Japan. He is dressed in a crewneck sweatshirt or sweater in three-quarters pose facing left. He has a crewcut.

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 on left image, bottom left corner: 10-10-42. Written in black ink to left of left image: Kumamotoken Kamimasukigun Shirahatamura Hayakawa / Shogyo / Hawai to Kona Honaunau Takahata Yoshio 46. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 10-10-42. Written in black ink to left of right image: Hiroshimaken Ansagun Nakharamura Mizumushimachi / Hawai to Kohala Hawi yamamoto Hatsukichi / Hoteru oyobi shogyo 49 sai. Written in pencil, top left corner: 157.

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