Japanese, Dallas County, Texas

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Little Sunday Stories
Of Real Life in Dallas


"Never Let Thy Right Hand Know What Thy Left
Hand Is Doing" Finds a Parallel in a Japanese.

     The old saying, "Never let thy right hand know what they left hand is doing" finds a modern parallel right here in Dallas in the case of a young Japanese artist, T. J. Hidaka, an adept at oil painting, employed at a local art store, never let his left arm know what his right arm is doing until the Russo-Japanese war broke out.
     Hidaka was a mere youth at his home in the Flowery Kingdom when he joined the Japanese forces. While a boy, he had acquired some ability as an artist in the immediate vicinity of his home.
     Hidaka took part in a number of engagements during the war and was about to return to his home when he was compelled to fight at the battle of 203 Metre Hill. By a peculiar prank of fate, the young Japanese artist had the misfortune to be shot through his gifted right arm, just below the elbow. He returned home after this battle with his wounded arm hanging helpless at his side. Hidaka's ambition to be a great artist was cut short, and he despaired of ever again handling the brush.
     In odd moments, Hidaka would pick up his brush and toy with it with his left hand as he made crude figures upon the canvas. Little by little, as the months passed by, Hidaka began to improve, until he was able to paint really creditable canvases with his left hand.
     Then, he decided to sail for America. He kept practicing with his brush after his arrival in this country, until today, he produces the same character of work with his left hand that he did with his right hand before the cruel battle of 203 Metre Hill. A number of Dallas people have seen his work, and while not of a very high type of artistry, all declare that it is wonderful, considering the disadvantages under which he paints. His favorite subjects are scenes of the various battles in which he fought. Perhaps his favorite of all this collection of battle field paintings is the battle of 203 Metre Hill, in which Hidaka was robbed of his talented right arm, the battle that made the young Japanese a left-handed artist.

- April 28, 1912, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 2-3.
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Japanese Farmer Hurt.

     K. Homona, aged forty-six years, a Japanese farmer from near Irving, Texas, was badly bruised Friday evening when he was run down by an automobile near Commerce and Pearl streets. He was taken to the emergency hospital for treatment.

- October 6, 1917, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 10, col. 6.
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     Funeral services for Kiyokazu Hara, 35 years old, prominent in Dallas cotton trade circles, and a leader of the Japanese colony here, were held Sunday afternoon from the residence, 1717 Moser street. The body was sent Sunday night to San Antonio for cremation, after which, the ashes are to be sent to Japan to be given burial.
     Dr. William Anderson Jr., pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, conducted the services. Pallbearers were T. Okamato, J. Arakawa, T. Nakashima, T. J. Handy, V. J. Wood and B. W. Thomas.
     Mr. Hara, who was secretary of the Southern Products Company, was born near Tokio, Japan, but had lived in the United States since 1913, except for a short period. He had made his home in Dallas for more than six years and enjoyed a wide friendship in this city. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eiko Hara, and a sister, who lives in Japan.

- August 13, 1923, The Dallas Morning News, p. 6, col. 2.
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