Signs of Home : The Paintings and Wartime Diary of Kamekichi Tokita
On the day that Pearl Harbor was bombed, Tokita started a diary that he vowed to keep until the war ended. In it he recorded with great vividness and insight the events, fears, rumors, restrictions, and his own emotional turmoil both in the time leading up to the internment and during his incarceration at Minidoka. Tokita's diary is a rare personal account of this time written as events were unfolding and by a person of maturity and stature.
This book contextualizes Tokita's paintings and diary within the art community and Japanese America. It also introduces us to an amazing man who embraced life despite living through challenging and disheartening times.