Social and recreational activities

Japanese Americans found ways to fill the long days created by the enforced idleness of camp life. They made jewelry from shells found in the desert, built furniture for their rooms using scrap lumber and renovated the exteriors of their barracks. People also played cards, chess, checkers, mahjongg, and the Japanese games 'go' and 'shogi.' Camp inmates held dances, concerts, plays, and arts and crafts exhibitions. In Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, they even held a beauty contest to select the "Sweetheart of Minidoka."

Social and recreational activities (526)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Arts and crafts in camp, Music in camp

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Japanese American making shell jewelry (ddr-densho-2-58)
img Japanese American making shell jewelry (ddr-densho-2-58)
Peggie Yorita making jewelry from shells found within the confines of the Tule Lake concentration camp. Making jewelry was a popular pastime for the Japanese Americans. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed. As a result, shells were available for people to fashion into jewelry for ...
Shells used for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-51)
img Shells used for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-51)
Japanese Americans at the Tule Lake concentration camp enjoyed making jewelry from shells, such as the ones shown here, which were found within the confines of the camp. These shells have not yet been bleached. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed, where people found shells ...
Block 26 garden and pond (ddr-densho-2-68)
img Block 26 garden and pond (ddr-densho-2-68)
Japanese Americans from Block 26 fashioned this garden and pond.
Japanese Americans at a picnic (ddr-densho-15-78)
img Japanese Americans at a picnic (ddr-densho-15-78)
Left to right: Tak Hori, unidentified, and Robert Ikeda.
Japanese Americans playing cards at the fire station (ddr-densho-15-59)
img Japanese Americans playing cards at the fire station (ddr-densho-15-59)
This is the interior of Fire Station Number 1. Left to right: (first name unknown) Hikida, unidentified, Yoshio Akada, and Mr. Sano. The fire station was one of the few buildings with a refrigerator. Mr. Sano owned the bathhouse underneath the Panama Hotel in Seattle, Washington, before World War II.
Queen of Hunt High School (ddr-densho-37-4)
img Queen of Hunt High School (ddr-densho-37-4)
Original WRA caption: Queen of Hunt High School May Day Festival being crowned by Richard A. Pomeroy, Supt. of Education, is shown with her attendants. The court was chosen by popular vote in a contest sponsored by the student body. Left to right: Pri[n]ce Victor Fujioka, Princess Dorothy Sugawara, Mr. Pomeroy, Queen Betty Aoki ...
Japanese American making jewelry (ddr-densho-37-547)
img Japanese American making jewelry (ddr-densho-37-547)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Among the unusual hobbies to be found in the relocation center, whose residents are former west coast persons of Japanese ancestry, is this former Californian's semi-precious stone cutting. He has prepared much interesting jewelry from bits of unusual stone picked up on the center grounds.
Japanese American carpenters (ddr-densho-37-41)
img Japanese American carpenters (ddr-densho-37-41)
Original WRA caption: Carpenters at work on the high school gym.
U.S.O. show (ddr-densho-37-625)
img U.S.O. show (ddr-densho-37-625)
Original WRA caption: Jerome Relocation Center, Dermott, Arkansas. First U.S.O. [United Services Organizations] show held in the M.P.P.X. [Military Police Post Exchange].
Beauty queen contest advertising (ddr-densho-37-318)
img Beauty queen contest advertising (ddr-densho-37-318)
Original WRA caption: Signs tacked on barracks advertising the Labor Day beauty queen contest which was held at this relocation center.
Japanese American building a model ship (ddr-densho-37-597)
img Japanese American building a model ship (ddr-densho-37-597)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Wataru Ichinotsubo, former produce market employee form Los Angeles, California, is shown sandpapering the hull of a model into final shape in the model ship factory here. These ships are carefully constructed for the Navy by the Japanese-American craftsmen.
Children playing flutes (ddr-densho-39-30)
img Children playing flutes (ddr-densho-39-30)
Original museum description: Photograph taken at Minidoka internment camp, black and white glossy, shows a group of Japanese American girls playing the flute, girls are wearing coats, some have on scarves, barrack is in the background. (Info from original museum description)
Japanese Americans swimming in the irrigation canal (ddr-densho-39-31)
img Japanese Americans swimming in the irrigation canal (ddr-densho-39-31)
Japanese Americans swim in the irrigation canal that ran along the perimeter of the Minidoka concentration camp.
Japanese American at baton practice (ddr-densho-93-10)
img Japanese American at baton practice (ddr-densho-93-10)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Baton practice, Florence Kuwata, Manzanar Relocation Center / photograph by Ansel Adams.
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 16 (June 15, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-23)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 16 (June 15, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-23)
Selected article titles: "Graduation for 120 Seniors on Friday" (p. 1), "Repatriation Requests in Transit to Japan" (PP. 1-2), and "All Meetings, Entertainments Must Be Registered with Police" (p. 2).
2 men posing (ddr-hmwf-1-116)
img 2 men posing (ddr-hmwf-1-116)
"Tomikawa 29-22-C, May 22 1944" as described on back, f16 1/25 G3, Plus x DK20-25 76 -10
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-427)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-427)
"Kiku, Aki, June 25-1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3 SuperpanPress, D76-40' " as described on back
Girls Reading (ddr-hmwf-1-419)
img Girls Reading (ddr-hmwf-1-419)
Young girls gathered together in recreation area
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