Yosh Kuromiya was born in April, 1923 in Sierra Madre, California. He was studying for his art major at Pasadena Junior College and dreamed of becoming a graphic illustrator at the time of expulsion.
Kuromiya kept busy in camp drawing posters for dances, fire safety, rubber-saving drives and other wartime projects, as part of the self-proclaimed "Poster Shop Gang." He also sketched Heart Mountain and several barracks in the camp. He was 21 years old when he resisted the draft inside camp.
After prison, Kuromiya like many Japanese American men of the time supported his family by working as a gardener. But in 1957 he went back to school at California Polytechnic College get his state license as a landscape architect. He joined a nationally-recognized firm and worked on many large-scale public projects and recreational areas before starting his own practice in 1968 designing private residential gardens. He retired in 1995 and lives with his wife Irene in Alhambra, California, speaking wherever he can about his wartime resistance.