Recreational activities

Japanese American communities organized group social activities such as family picnics and outings to the beach or to parks when the demands of work allowed. These activities gave hardworking families the chance to spend leisure time with their friends and neighbors.

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Recreational activities (528)

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Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-2)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-2)
Members of Troop 55 on a camping trip. Kneeling: Masahiko Bitow. Second row (left to right): Hiroshi Watanabe, Hiroshi Kanazawa, Norio Mitsuoka, and Henry Itoi. Third row: unidentified and Nasuo Hashiguchi. Standing in back: Masayoshi Uchimura.
Four men on mountain (ddr-densho-15-36)
img Four men on mountain (ddr-densho-15-36)
Left to right: Hiroshi Watanabe, Hiroshi Kanazawa, Todd Fujihira, and Norio Mitsuoka.
Skiing trip (ddr-densho-15-35)
img Skiing trip (ddr-densho-15-35)
Left to right: Norio Mitsuoka, Hiroshi Watanabe, Hiroshi Kanazawa, and Todd Fujihira enjoy spring skiing on Mount Baker.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-6)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-6)
Members of Boy Scout Troop 55, which was sponsored by the Japanese Methodist Church, camp out at Sand Island on the Cedar River. Front: Andy Shiga. Back (left to right): Hiroshi Watanabe, Hisaka Okamoto, and Hiroshi Kanazawa.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-11)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-11)
Boy Scout Troop 55, sponsored by Seattle's Japanese Methodist Church, on a camping trip. Left to right: Bill Yorozu, Masayoshi Uchimura, Hiroshi Watanabe, Hiroshi Kanazawa, and Norio Mitsuoka.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-12)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-12)
Top to bottom: Raybo Obazawa, Masayoshi "Mars" Uchimura, Hisaka "Sox" Okamoto, Hiroshi "Squeaky" Kanazawa, Hiroshi "Rosy" Watanabe, and Andy Shiga.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-8)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-8)
Troop 55 at Silver Creek in the Cascade Mountains. Left to right: Bill Yorozu, Hiroshi Watanabe, Norio Mitsuoka, Masayoshi Uchimura, and Hiroshi Kanazawa.
Two friends at a picnic (ddr-densho-16-18)
img Two friends at a picnic (ddr-densho-16-18)
Left to right: Fumiko Suyematsu, Ayako Murakami.
Three children holding perch (ddr-densho-2-13)
img Three children holding perch (ddr-densho-2-13)
Patsy (left) and Jimmie Yorita (right) hold perch they have just caught with their neighbor.
Family and friend at the beach (ddr-densho-2-31)
img Family and friend at the beach (ddr-densho-2-31)
Left to right: Patsy Yorita, Peggie Yorita, and Emily Nishimura holding Jimmie Yorita at Des Moines beach.
Issei couple holding fish (ddr-densho-2-32)
img Issei couple holding fish (ddr-densho-2-32)
Kumataro (left) and Kadju Nishimura holding perch and rock cod caught near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington.
Japanese performance (ddr-csujad-25-343)
img Japanese performance (ddr-csujad-25-343)
A photograph of a Japanese theater performance taken by "Aiko," a photo studio in Seattle, Washington. Performers wear kimono. It is taken in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_12_005
Chapter 6 and 7 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-34)
doc Chapter 6 and 7 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-34)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including living in barracks, block noise, lack of privacy, mess hall dining, nosy neighbors, jobs, leisure time, sports, movies, church attendance, the Young Buddhist Association (YBA), family dynamics, social changes, dating, and rumors. Each entry includes the full date …
Tule Lake monograph (ddr-csujad-26-1)
doc Tule Lake monograph (ddr-csujad-26-1)
Unpublished manuscript includes a collection of diary entries, letters, and essays written by school students incarcerated at the Tule Lake camp and collected through the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). The writings include first-person descriptions of travel to the Tule Lake camp, adapting to camp, limitations of camp, day-to-day camp life, family life, community …
Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-37)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-37)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including classes, class discussions, grades, exams, homework and studying, school activities, graduation, social events, carnival fundraiser for yearbook, and complaints about school conditions. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class …
People posing in costume (ddr-csujad-26-83)
img People posing in costume (ddr-csujad-26-83)
People pose during what appears to be a costume party. Attendees include Japanese Americans and Caucasians. Additional photos in sequence include: ucsb_mei_0080, ucsb_mei_0088, ucsb_mei_0094, ucsb_mei_0141. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_020
Memorandum to Mr. E.R. Smith, Project Director from Morton J. Gaba, re: Community Activities Section report, July 21-August 21, 1942 (ddr-csujad-26-29)
doc Memorandum to Mr. E.R. Smith, Project Director from Morton J. Gaba, re: Community Activities Section report, July 21-August 21, 1942 (ddr-csujad-26-29)
Memo to camp director of the development of the Community Activities Section regarding the selection and development of staff; designing, building, and equipping of recreation halls and play fields; and the planning and initial development of program. Includes a list of activities with attendance counts. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Chapter 8, 9, 10 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-35)
doc Chapter 8, 9, 10 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-35)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including movies, dances, dissatisfaction with recreation, family dynamics, desire to leave camp, cultural and generational differences, and weather. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class assignment and collected for the …
Recreation: dances (ddr-csujad-26-22)
doc Recreation: dances (ddr-csujad-26-22)
Report includes case-studies of dances, chronicles specific situations and observations of social interactions between men, women, and between incarcerees from California and the Northwest. Subject headings include: "significance of dances, group characteristics, group ways, sectionalism, the battle against stags, and block 25 dance." Report compiled as a portion of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study …
Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-43)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-43)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including family interactions, memories, homesickness, friendships, social interactions, school, self-reflection, juvenile delinquency, peer behaviors, death, religion, opinions, and worldviews. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class assignment and collected for …
On Castle Rock above the camp--facing Mt. Shasta (ddr-csujad-26-70)
img On Castle Rock above the camp--facing Mt. Shasta (ddr-csujad-26-70)
Photo of three Japanese Americans and four Caucasian people, including Robert Billigmeier, posing with snowballs and a dog. Caption on back of photograph reads, "On Castle Rock above the camp - facing Mt. Shasta." From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. Related photo in sequence ucsb_mei_0122. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Recreational activities in the Gila community (ddr-csujad-26-28)
doc Recreational activities in the Gila community (ddr-csujad-26-28)
Report detailing the establishment of the Community Activities Department to organize sports, dances, a library, movies, talent shows, drama performances, and lectures by the National Park Service about the desert environs. Includes description of issues with the installation of organized recreation due to lack of funding and personnel issues. Report compiled as a portion of the …
Community picnic (ddr-densho-13-4)
img Community picnic (ddr-densho-13-4)
This picnic was sponsored by either a Japanese language school or a kenjinkai.
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