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[Kurita Yasuyoshi, 56 sai]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Kurita Yasuyoshi, 56 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, Yasuyoshi Kurita and Toichi Takata, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Yasuyoshi Kurita, 56 year-old man of Honolulu, Hawaii originally from Osaka, Japan. Dressed in a button-down shirt, glasses and curling mustache, Kurita looks directly at the viewer. His hair waves the the left.
Right portrait of Toichi Takata, 60 year-old in the automobile business, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Dressed in a dark button-down shirt, Takat looks to the viewer's left. His hair is combed forward and his face is lined.

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): Osakafu Minami Kawachigun Kashiwaharamachi Funmachi / Honorurushi Hausuteregai 830 ban / Ukeoeggo Kurita Yasuyoshi (56 sai). Written in black ink left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Ansagun Kawauchimura aza [unreadable] / Takata Toichi 60 sai / Jidoshgyo. Written in pencil below left image: 37- 8-28. Written in pencil below right image: B5 8-6. Written in pencil, top left corner: 142.

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