The camp is depicted as a basic but orderly and even convivial space, with two canvas tents to the right, what look like pans or other gear hanging in a row, and a grassy area where six people are gathered in a circle under the shade of a tree. Splashes of red and pink bring warmth to the scene, and a line of bright blue laundry suggests the effort to maintain the routines of daily life.


  • Title: Japantown after the fire
  • Creator: Chiura Obata (American, 1885–1975)
  • Date Created: 1906
  • Location Created: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 5 1/4 in × W. 7 1/2 in (H. 13.3 cm × W. 19.1 cm)
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Watercolor and graphite on paper
  • Credit Line: Japantown after the fire, from California Street, May 18, 1906. by Chiura Obata (American, 1885 - 1975). Watercolor and graphite on paper. Asian Art Museum, Gift from the Estate of Chiura Obata, 2021.46. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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