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

642 items
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-511)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-511)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Children working (ddr-hmwf-1-281)
img Children working (ddr-hmwf-1-281)
"2 children working on cleaning shoes on front steps"
Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-35)
img Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-35)
"June 24, 1944 2-5pm" as described on back
Girls posing (ddr-hmwf-1-314)
img Girls posing (ddr-hmwf-1-314)
"June Minato, Yasuko Ideishi, Ayako Inouye, Ruby Inouye, May 31 1944"
Child in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-491)
img Child in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-491)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, young boy standing in snow with barracks and guard tower in background
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
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-549)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-549)
Woman ice skating, barracks buildings in background
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-486)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-486)
"Nellie-Rose, Nov 22-1944" as described on back, two young women standing beside large snowman
Woman and Child (ddr-hmwf-1-490)
img Woman and Child (ddr-hmwf-1-490)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, woman and child posing together in the snow
Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-284)
img Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-284)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto-Mikaru Odori 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB-Stage Light f12 1/100
Bonfire (ddr-hmwf-1-53)
img Bonfire (ddr-hmwf-1-53)
"Men and women at a bonfire, Tasuka (on back)"
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-529)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-529)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game beside barracks
Piano Recital (ddr-hmwf-1-36)
img Piano Recital (ddr-hmwf-1-36)
"Mrs. Kuwahara's Piano Class Recital, Announcer - Laura Fajiye" as described on back
Children reading (ddr-hmwf-1-310)
img Children reading (ddr-hmwf-1-310)
"Children reading a book at table, Feb 12 1944" Leica
Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-443)
img Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-443)
"May Harada request, 9/25/1943" as described on back, two young women posing together on steps into barracks
Men posing (ddr-hmwf-1-105)
img Men posing (ddr-hmwf-1-105)
"Mess 29-30, Mar 26 1944" as described on back, men posing with Japanese Red Cross shoyu
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-502)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-502)
Group of young ladies posing together with Heart Mountain in background
Children posing (ddr-hmwf-1-278)
img Children posing (ddr-hmwf-1-278)
"Aug 10 1944" f 12.7 1/50 G3, Plus X DK20-30' D76-10'
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-494)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-494)
Men, women, and children ice skating with barracks in background
Couple on Steps (ddr-hmwf-1-452)
img Couple on Steps (ddr-hmwf-1-452)
"Hospital, July 31-1943, l20 f11 1/50 G3, Agfa Superpan Supreme, DK 20 21 min, C#2 4 An 27" as described on back, couple sitting on steps
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-596)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-596)
"29-27 Mess Hall picnic, Shoshone River" as described on back
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