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 (643)

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

643 items
Japanese American carpenter building furniture (ddr-densho-37-358)
img Japanese American carpenter building furniture (ddr-densho-37-358)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Shinkichi Kiyono, 56, carpenter-evacuee from Longview, Washington, is shown using a carpenter's plane which he won as first prize in a furniture contest conducted among the evacuees of Japanese descent at this War Relocation Authority center.
Art class (ddr-densho-37-509)
img Art class (ddr-densho-37-509)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. An adult art class under the direction of Tokio Ueyama, working in pencil sketch charcoals and oils. Adult art classes are extremely popular at the Amache Center.
Boy Scout Headquarters (ddr-densho-37-773)
img Boy Scout Headquarters (ddr-densho-37-773)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. "Amache District Headquarters, Boy Scouts of America, Granada Relocation Center."
Knitting class (ddr-densho-37-134)
img Knitting class (ddr-densho-37-134)
This camp knitting class was taught by a camp inmate.
Japanese American making plans for a model ship (ddr-densho-37-596)
img Japanese American making plans for a model ship (ddr-densho-37-596)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Tadao Kawate, former drafting student from Los Angeles City College, at work on plans for model ships. Blueprints, drawn to the scale of 50 feet to the inch, are supplied by the Navy but must be redrawn to the scale of 60 feet to the inch before ...
Wood carving class (ddr-densho-37-551)
img Wood carving class (ddr-densho-37-551)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. In a wood carving class, this center resident, a former Californian of Japanese ancestry works on a patriotic carving out from a natural hardwood formation.
Norakuro Harmonica Band (ddr-densho-39-45)
img Norakuro Harmonica Band (ddr-densho-39-45)
The Norakuro Harmonica Band played instruments in addition to the harmonica. At camp dances the group performed both American and Japanese music as well as American music with Japanese lyrics. Many of its members were Kibei, Nisei who were born in the United States but educated in Japan.
Japanese Americans preparing for a performance (ddr-densho-39-53)
img Japanese Americans preparing for a performance (ddr-densho-39-53)
Japanese Americans from the Minidoka concentration camp prepare for a Japanese dance or theater performance.
The Harmonaires (ddr-densho-280-8)
doc The Harmonaires (ddr-densho-280-8)
This document outlines the history of the musical group, "The Harmonaires," starting in 1939 and following them through the war. A complete list of musicians is included.
Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 2 (May 27, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-2)
doc Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 2 (May 27, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-2)
Selected article titles: "When You Relocate - What About Your Money in the Co-Op?" (p. 1), "Questions and Answers" (p. 1), "Dust Storms" (p. 1).
Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 11 (August 12, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-9)
doc Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 11 (August 12, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-9)
Selected article titles: "Equity Certificates to be Issued Saturday" (p. 1), "Patrons Urgedto Call for Repaired Shoes Promptly" (p. 1), "Studio Suspends Picture Taking for Two Weeks" (p. 1), "Subscription to Salt Lake Tribune Cancelled" (p. 1).
Written piece:
doc Written piece: "Halloween Dance" (ddr-densho-102-29)
This piece was written by Kara Kondo, and is part of a series titled "Sketches from Evacuation."
Woman Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-429)
img Woman Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-429)
"Michiko Yamada at depot, Dec 30-1944, f9 1/25 PlusX, DK20-47' D76-15' " as described on back
Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-472)
img Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-472)
"Christmas Party 29-30 Mess Hall, Dec 25-1943" as described on back, Santa Claus handing out gifts
Golf Club (ddr-hmwf-1-512)
img Golf Club (ddr-hmwf-1-512)
"Heart Mt. Golf Club, Sept 5 1943, 1:30pm, l f12.7 1/50 G3, Agfa Superpan Supreme D76 33min" as described on back
Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-474)
img Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-474)
"Christmas Exercise 22-25 Rec Hall, Dec 22-1943" as described on back, children performing
Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-438)
img Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-438)
"Tami, Aki, Kiku, Sumi, June 25 1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3 Superpan Press, D76-40' " as described on back, young women being silly
Woman Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-437)
img Woman Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-437)
"Tami, June 25 1944, l21 f19 1/50 G3 SuperpanPress" as described on back, young woman posing with Heart Mountain in the background
Children working (ddr-hmwf-1-279)
img Children working (ddr-hmwf-1-279)
"2 children working on cleaning shoes on front steps"
Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-4)
img Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-4)
"Picnic on Shoshone River-May 28th, 1944" as described on back "Verichrome-Super Ikonta B
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-256)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-256)
"Ono, Aug 10 1944" as described on back, young boy in bicycle, f12.7 1/50 G3 PlusX, DK20-30' D76-10'
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-450)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-450)
"Gushiken, Sally and Nancy, 29-23-E, Nov 30-1943, l19 f12.7 1/25 G3 PlusX Dk20-40' D76-10' "as described on back, two girls standing together on hillside
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