Masamori Hashimoto


Name Masamori Hashimoto
Born January 6 1898
Died February 13 1980
Birth Location Okayama, Japan
Generational Identifier

Issei

Masamori Hashimoto was an artist born in Okayama, Japan, on January 6, 1898. He began his formal art training in Japan before immigrating to the United States in 1919 to join his father and brother, who were working in Wyoming. When they returned to Japan in 1922, Hashimoto elected to stay in the U.S. and moved to Washington, where he got married and found work in a lumber mill in Tacoma. During World War II, he was incarcerated in camps in Pinedale, California; Tule Lake, California; and Minidoka, Idaho, where he resumed his painting (mostly in watercolors) and created his only body of work. After the war, he returned to Tacoma where he worked as a gardener. He died in February 1980, in Tacoma, Washington, at age 82.

Authored by Patricia Wakida

For More Information

The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945. Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, UCLA Wight Art Gallery, and UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1992.

Wilson, William. "Persistence of Grace Shines in 'The View From Within.'" Los Angeles Times, October 15, 1992. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-10-15/entertainment/ca-88_1_american-art.