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[Kuniyuki Yusuke, 47 sai]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Kuniyuki Yusuke, 47 sai]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 1942-43


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


2 drawings on paper, lined and laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 4 x 2.75 in., right image 4 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Yusuke Kuniyuki and Tokuji Adachi, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico.
Left portrait of Kisuke Kuniyuki, age 47, who had a house rental business in Honolulu, Hawaii and is originally from Yamaguchi, Japan. He has a mustache, wears round-rimmed glasses and looks to the right of viewer. He wears a button-down shirt and is visible from the shoulders up.
Right portrait of Tokuji Adachi, a 39 year-old newspaper journalist of Honolulu, Hawaii originally from Fukuoka, Japan. Adachi has a goatee, angular-rimmmed glasses and wavy hair combed back. He wears a button-down shirt and is visible from the shoulders up.

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): Yamaguchiken Kisuke Kuniyuki / Honorurushi Arekisandagai 115 / 47 sai / Kashiyagyo [unreadable]. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Fukuokaken Yaotomegun Kasaharamura 2108 / Honorurushi Korugai 419 / Shinbun kisha Adachi Tokuji 39 sai.

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