Little Sunday Stories
Of Real Life in Dallas
Thy Right Hand Know What Thy Left
Hand Is Doing" Finds a Parallel in a Japanese.
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.
- April 28, 1912, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 2-3.
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
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.
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Japanese Farmer Hurt.
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 IS HELD FOR
JAPANESE COTTON MAN.
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.
- August 13, 1923,
The Dallas Morning News, p. 6, col. 2.
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.
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