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
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-503)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-503)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, young woman standing beside large snowman
Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-30)
img Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-30)
"Mrs. Julia Kuwahara's Piano Class Party June 24, 1944 2-5pm 23-25N YWCA" as described on back, flash f11 1/100 plus x super Ikonta B DK20-35 D76-10
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-422)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-422)
"Furuidi, Jan 31, 1944; left Heart Mt. Feb. 2-1944" as described on back, group of four girls posing together
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-531)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-531)
"April 11-1944, Leica" as described on back, children playing together between barracks
Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-288)
img Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-288)
"Isao Nakaishi Birthday Party 29-24-D, Aug 31 1944" as described on back, f12.7 1/50 K, Verichrome
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-488)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-488)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, Nellie and Rose standing beside large snowman
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-510)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-510)
"June 24-1944" as described on back, group of women and children sitting around having snacks and drinks
Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-440)
img Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-440)
"Sumi, June 25 1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3 Superpan Press" as described on back, young woman (Sumi) posing with Heart Mountain in background
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-448)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-448)
Group of women sitting on a rock beside stream
Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-473)
img Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-473)
"Christmas Exercise 22-25 Rec Hall, Dec 22-1943" as described on back, children performing
Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-471)
img Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-471)
"Coal rush, 29-28 Jan 7-1944 2:30pm, f12.7 1/100 SuperIkontaB SuperXX Roll, DK20-50' D76-20' "as described on back
Japanese Americans resting near creek (ddr-densho-151-399)
img Japanese Americans resting near creek (ddr-densho-151-399)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Family groups enjoying the mountain creek which flows along the outer border of this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Queen contest (ddr-densho-159-70)
img Queen contest (ddr-densho-159-70)
Left to right: Fumi Sotomura, June Sato, Lucy Nakano, Yoshiko Oda, Asano Kasai.
Manzanar queen and her court (ddr-manz-10-18)
img Manzanar queen and her court (ddr-manz-10-18)
Original caption: "Her Majesty Haru Ogawa. Attendants: Kiyo Nishi, Riyo Yano, Virgie Kikuta, Yuri Yamazaki." Handwritten note on front: "Dearest Gracie, With love, Yuri."
Woman holding a snowball next to a sign (ddr-manz-7-101)
img Woman holding a snowball next to a sign (ddr-manz-7-101)
Caption on reverse: "Melva Nielsen, Tues., Feb. 22, 1944. After the blizzard, still snowing."
Women on a hiking trip (ddr-manz-7-93)
img Women on a hiking trip (ddr-manz-7-93)
Caption on reverse: "Lucy Gratch, Mt. Whitney, Sept. '43."
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