Mine and Toku depart from their home, Berkeley, California, 1942

Miné Okubo1942-1944

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A woman with a flipped forelock of hair and cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo sheds tears as she takes a final look at her home, a two story wooden house with a chimney, before departing for the Civil Control Station. She holds a car door open and stands on the sidewalk beside her brother Toku. A palm tree grows in the front yard. Three additional structures line the street in the center and right background.


  • Title: Mine and Toku depart from their home, Berkeley, California, 1942
  • Creator: Mine Okubo
  • Creator Lifespan: 1912-2001
  • Date Created: 1942-1944
  • Location Created: Topaz (Central Utah)
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 9.5 in, W: 13.5 in
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Japanese American National Museum. For licensing and reuse, contact JANM.
  • External Link: Mine Okubo Collection
  • Medium: paper, ink
  • Credit Line: Japanese American National Museum (Gift of Mine Okubo Estate, 2007.62.24)
  • 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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