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."

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

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Girls Reading (ddr-hmwf-1-419)
img Girls Reading (ddr-hmwf-1-419)
Young girls gathered together in recreation area
Men playing bridge (ddr-hmwf-1-113)
img Men playing bridge (ddr-hmwf-1-113)
"Bridge at Oki 24-21 E, Fistere, Yosh Kodama, Tom (Oki), Wright Kawakami, Feb 2 1944, 7:00pm" as described on back, l6 f2.8 1/25 SuperIkontaB superxx roll DK20-50 D76-25
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
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-526)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-526)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game near barracks and coal pile
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
Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-32)
img Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-32)
"Mrs. Kuwahara's Piano Class Recital Y.W.C.A. 23-25N May 29, 1944 8pm" as described on back
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-425)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-425)
"Kiku, Aki, Tami, Sumi, June 25-1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3, Superpan Press D76-40' " as described on back
Men and women dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-55)
img Men and women dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-55)
"Men and women in traditional dress in front of barracks"
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-478)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-478)
Men, women, and children ice skating with barracks in background
Christmas Exercises (ddr-hmwf-1-245)
img Christmas Exercises (ddr-hmwf-1-245)
"Christmas exercises 22-25 Rec Hall Dec 22 1943, Project Photographer Bud Aoyama" as described on back
Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-463)
img Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-463)
"Christmas Party 29-30 Mess Hall, Dec 25-1943, Bud Aoyama Project Photographer" as described on back
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-436)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-436)
"Tami, Kiku, Aki, Sumi, June 25 1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3 Superpan Press D76-40' "as described on back, four young women standing together with Heart Mountain in background
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-534)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-534)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing games around barracks and coal pile
Women dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-56)
img Women dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-56)
"Women in traditional dress dancing around float structure"
Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-439)
img Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-439)
"Kiku, Tami, Sumi, Aki, June 25 1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3 Superpan Press, D76-40' "as described on back, young women posing together with Heart Mountain in background
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-516)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-516)
"Nov 28 1943, l19 f16 1/25 G3, PlusX DK20 40min, D76 10min" as described on back, kids playing outside
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-496)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-496)
Men, women, and children ice skating with barracks in background
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-248)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-248)
"Baby on little bike- Ono, August 10 1944" f12,7 1/50 G3 PlusX DK 20-30' D76-10'
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-503)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-503)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, young woman standing beside large snowman
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-500)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-500)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, young woman standing beside large snowman
Child in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-504)
img Child in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-504)
Young boy standing in the snow with barracks in background
Girls Dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-271)
img Girls Dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-271)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto-Mikaru Odori 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB-Flash f12 1/100
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-254)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-254)
"Nellie Yamamoto's baby Arthur Jr. 29-3-CD, Dec 19, 1944" as described on back, f5.6 1/10 Verichrome D76-45'
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