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[Nekomoto Shunichi, 59 sai]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Nekomoto Shunichi, 59 sai]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 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, Shunichi Nekomoto and Hajime Nishimoto, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have black line border.
Left portrait of Shunichi Nekomoto, 59 year-old contractor of Honolulu, Hawaii originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Dressed in crewneck top and suspenders, Nekomoto looks to the right of the viewer. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Hajime Nishimoto, 42 year-old public pool store worker in Waikiki, Hawaii originally from Hiroshima, Japan. He has a small mustache in a round face and hair parted in the middle. Dressed in a dark button-down shirt, he faces the viewer and eyes are downcast.

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 left of left image (In Japanese): Hirshimaken Ansagun Mikawamura / Asa Furuichi / Nekomoto Shunichi (59 sai). Written in black ink left of left image: (Contractor) / 911 Hauoli St. / Honolulu T.H. Written in black ink left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Ansagun Haramura 1118 ban / Honorurushi Waikiki koshu kaisui Yokujoten / Nishimoto Hajime (42 sai). Written in pencil below left image: Copy / B5 8-6. Written in pencil below right image: B5 8-6. Written in pencil, top left corner: 136.

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