Yutaka Shinohara


Name Yutaka Shinohara
Born March 13 1915
Died October 8 2007
Birth Location Los Angeles
Generational Identifier

Yutaka Shinohara (1915-2007) documented his World War II incarceration experiences in a series of drawings that were shown in the groundbreaking exhibition, "The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945" in 1992. Shinohara was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 13, 1915. He lived in Japan for ten years and attended an art high school in Osaka. In 1933, he moved back to Los Angeles, where he worked at a noodle company and later operated a fruit stand in Hollywood.

During World War II, Shinohara was detained at Santa Anita Assembly Center in California and Heart Mountain in Wyoming, where he created a series of drawings of his camp experiences. On his War Relocation Authority government records from that period, he listed his occupation as "retail manager" with a secondary occupation as "commercial artist."

After the war, he resettled in Washington D.C. briefly before returning to Los Angeles. He died on October 8, 2007, in West Covina, California at age ninety-two.

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.