Bathing in tubs, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942

Miné Okubo1942-1944

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, walks past three women bathing in shower stalls at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine walks in foreground left in a bathrobe with a towel over her proper left arm. Woman wearing spectacles and showercap washes her back with a towel at far left. Nude woman wearing a bandanna in center steps from her geta into a pan of water, while third woman sits on a barrel with her back to viewer as she washes her neck. Pair of geta sit at base of barrel.


  • Title: Bathing in tubs, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942
  • Creator: Mine Okubo
  • Creator Lifespan: 1912-2001
  • Date Created: 1942-1944
  • Location Created: Topaz (Central Utah)
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Japanese American National Museum. For licensing and reuse, contact JANM.
  • External Link: Mine Okubo Collection
  • Medium: paper, ink, mat board
  • Credit Line: Japanese American National Museum (Gift of Mine Okubo Estate, 2007.62.77)
  • Context: This is one of 198 ink drawings Mine Okubo included in Citizen 13660, her graphic memoir, which was the first of its kind and captured her experience at Tanforan and Topaz, during the two years in which she was incarcerated.

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