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

687 items
Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-285)
img Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-285)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto-Mikaru Odori, 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB- Flash f12 1/100
Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-558)
img Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-558)
"Furumura family and visitors, 29-3-C Jan 11 1944, l19 f11 1/50 G3, PlusX DK20-50' D76-17' " as described on back
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-447)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-447)
"Mitzie request, Sept 27-1943" as described on back, group photo of young laides
Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-468)
img Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-468)
"Coal rush, 29-28 Jan 7-1944 2:30pm, f16 1/50 SuperIkontaB SuperXX Roll, DK20-50' D76-20' "as described on back
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-535)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-535)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing games around barracks
Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-149)
img Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-149)
"Picnic on Shoshone River, May 28 1944" as described on back
Group (ddr-hmwf-1-458)
img Group (ddr-hmwf-1-458)
"June 25-1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3, SuperpanPress D76-40' "as described on back, four young women posing together
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-505)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-505)
"Fall 1943" as described on back, group picture in front of stage with "HM" at top of curtain
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-492)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-492)
"April 11-1944, Leica" as described on back, children playing together between barracks
Family picture (ddr-hmwf-1-305)
img Family picture (ddr-hmwf-1-305)
"Family posing together, Aug 11 1944" l8 f4.5 1/25, SuperpanPress D76-40' G3
Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-110)
img Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-110)
"Group of women in front of Vocation Depot"
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-246)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-246)
"Fiyia 24-11-E July 5 1943 10:30am" l6 f 6.3 1/5 sec. SuperXX DK20-33min, intact #3-3
Couple on Steps (ddr-hmwf-1-455)
img Couple on Steps (ddr-hmwf-1-455)
"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-1-476)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-476)
Group picture of children with Christmas decorations
Boys posing (ddr-hmwf-1-258)
img Boys posing (ddr-hmwf-1-258)
"Danny and Miki Kuwahara, Chike Kumamoto June 28 1944" as described on back, f5.6 1/10 SuperpanPress D76-41'
Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-33)
img Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-33)
"June 24, 1944 2-5pm" as described on back
Bonfire (ddr-hmwf-1-51)
img Bonfire (ddr-hmwf-1-51)
"Side view of people standing around a bonfire below"
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
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-449)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-449)
"Gushiken, Sally and Nancy, 29-23-E, Nov 30-1943, l19 f16 1/25 G3 PlusX Dk20-40' D76-10' "as described on back, two girls standing together on hillside
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-530)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-530)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-462)
img Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-462)
"Christmas Party 29-30 Mess Hall, Dec 25-1943" as described on back, children's Christmas party
Children posing (ddr-hmwf-1-264)
img Children posing (ddr-hmwf-1-264)
"Danny and Miki Kuwahara, Chike Kumamoto June 28 1944" as described on back, f5.6 1/10 SuperpanPress D76-41'
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-451)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-451)
"Gushiken, Sally and Nancy, 29-23-E, Nov 30-1943, l19 f16 1/25 G3 PlusX Dk20-40' D76-10' "as described on back, two girls standing with Heart Mountain in back ground
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