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[Doktoru Akimoto Kensuke, 60 sai]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Doktoru Akimoto Kensuke, 60 sai]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., ca. 1942-1943


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 2.75 in., right image 3.875 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Kensuke Akimoto and Manosuke Takakuma, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Dr. Kensuke Akimoto, age 60, originally from Yamaguchi, Japan. Turned slightly to the right, Akimoto looks to the right of viewer. He has a receding hairline and wears round-rimmed glasses, a jacket and tie
Right portrait of Manosuke Takakuma, a 60 year-old pharmicist of Aiea, Hawaii, originally from Yamaguchi, Japan. Looking to the left of viewer, Takakuma wears a diamond patterned tie and suspenders.

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 to left of left image (In Japanese): Yamaguchi shushin Tokyo to Suginamiku Asanaya 2 no 588 / Dokutoru Akimoto Kensuke / Kashu sutakutonshi 60 sai. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Yamaguchiken [unreadable] Tomitamachi / Hawai Oafu Aiea / Yakuzaishi Takakuma Mannosuke 60 sai. Written in pencil, top left corner: 128. Written in pencil, below both images: 7-31.

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