Mine at train station in Berne, Switzerland, 1939

Miné Okubo1942-1944

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A woman with shoulder-length hair and tiny beret, Mine Okubo, looks at a woman reading a newspaper at a wharf while traveling in Europe when England and France declared war on September 3, 1939 during World War II. Wearing a tiny black beret, a European American woman with hair in a bun and bowed shoulders leans against a railing, back to viewer, as she reads a newspaper in foreground. Walking to the left, Mine wears a spotted coat with bag under her proper right arm; a man next to her looks toward the woman's newspaper as well. People stand and sit in midground and background reading newspapers.


  • Title: Mine at train station in Berne, Switzerland, 1939
  • Creator: Mine Okubo
  • Creator Lifespan: 1912-2001
  • Date Created: 1942-1944
  • Location Created: Topaz (Central Utah)
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 9.75 in, W: 14.5 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, 2007.62.7)
  • 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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