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Mochi-making on New Year's Day, Central Utah Relocation Project, Topaz, Utah, 1942-1944

Miné Okubo1942-1944

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A woman with a flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, observes mochi-making in the camp kitchen. Three men in the center of the room, pound mochi with large wooden mallets in a wooden tub. A fourth man kneels beside a tub of water used to moisten the mochi. In the background against the wall is a line of ovens. Molded round mochi cakes rest on a counter in the left foreground. Three observers stand in the left midground; a man in a headband and checked shirt looks at them from the right.

Details

  • Title: Mochi-making on New Year's Day, Central Utah Relocation Project, Topaz, Utah, 1942-1944
  • 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: ink, paper
  • Credit Line: Japanese American National Museum (Gift of Mine Okubo Estate, 2007.62.156)
  • 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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