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[Doiguchi Yutaro, 56 sai]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Doiguchi Yutaro, 56 sai]
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Lordsburg, N.M., 1942-1945


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


2 drawing on paper, 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, Yutaro Doiguchi and Tetsuo Tanaka, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Yutaro Doiguchi, a 56 year-old shipping company employee of San Francisco, California originally from Osaka, Japan. Doiguchi is a broad-faced man in a dark button-down shirt looking directly at viewer. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Tetsuo Tanaka, a 62 year-old of Waianae, Hawaii originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Tanaka has a small mustache, glasses and thick straight hair. He is dressed in a button-down shirt and suspenders looking toward the left.

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 the left of left image (In Japanese): Osakafu [unreadable] Yamatakimura aza Osawa / Kowanshi webusutagai 1624 / Unsogyo / Doiguchi Yutaro / gojurokusai. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshima shi Onagamachi Zaisenji [unreadable] / Hawai Oafu Waiarua Sotoshu [unreadable] ji [unreadable]ni / Tanaka Tetsuo sanjunisai. Written in pencil below left image: Copy / 33 8-5. Written in pencil, top left corner: 131.

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