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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Arts and crafts in camp, Music in camp

687 items
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-255)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-255)
"Nellie Yamamoto's baby Arthur Jr. 29-3-CD, Dec 19, 1944" as described on back, f5.6 1/10 Verichrome D76-45'
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-415)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-415)
Young teenage girls posing together in barracks room, "July 29 1944, l8 f8 1/10, superpan press, SuperIkontaB, D76 42'" as described on back
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-480)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-480)
Men, women, and children ice skating with barracks in background
Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-280)
img Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-280)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto-Mikaru Odori 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB-Flash f12 1/100
Men playing bridge (ddr-hmwf-1-114)
img Men playing bridge (ddr-hmwf-1-114)
"Bridge at Oki 24-21 E, Fistere, Yosh Kodama, Tom (Oki), Wright Kawakami, Feb 2 1944, 7:00pm" as described on back, l5 f5.6 1/5 SuperIkontaB superxx roll DK20-50 D76-25
Women posing (ddr-hmwf-1-163)
img Women posing (ddr-hmwf-1-163)
"2 women posing with umbrellas, Sept. 30-1943 3:30pm" f11 1/25 K1, verichrome roll D76 20min
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-497)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-497)
Two girls ice skating together with barracks in background
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-456)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-456)
"June 25-1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3, SuperpanPress D76-40' "as described on back, four young women posing together with Heart Mountain in background
Piano Recital (ddr-hmwf-1-532)
img Piano Recital (ddr-hmwf-1-532)
"Mrs. Kuwahara's Piano Class Recital, Informal gathering after recital, May 29-1944" as described on back
Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-31)
img Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-31)
"Mrs. Kuwahara's Piano Class Recital Y.W.C.A. 23-25N May 29, 1944 8pm" as described on back #40 flash Super Ikonta B Superxx f11-1/100
Family picture (ddr-hmwf-1-102)
img Family picture (ddr-hmwf-1-102)
"Family posed together with guard tower in background"
Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-475)
img Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-475)
"Christmas Exercise 22-25 Rec Hall, Dec 22-1943" as described on back, children performing
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-525)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-525)
"Carrol Inouye, Sueko Horiuchi, April 9 1944, l7 f6.3 1/5, Pancho Press cut film, DK20-45' En 0 2 20-25" as described on back
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-262)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-262)
"Chiko Kumamoto, 24-22-F June 28 1944" as described on back, f5.6 1/10 Superpan Press D76-41
Woman in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-499)
img Woman in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-499)
Young woman standing outside barracks making a snowball
Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-1)
img Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-1)
"Picnic on Shoshone River-May 28th, 1944" as described on back(D-7)
Couple Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-453)
img Couple Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-453)
"July 26-1944 4:30pm" as described on back, couple posing together
Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-270)
img Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-270)
"Isao Nakaishi Birthday Party 29-24-D, Aug 31 1944" as described on back, flood f5.6 1/5 Verichrome
Sitting around Building (ddr-hmwf-1-61)
img Sitting around Building (ddr-hmwf-1-61)
"Men and women sitting around the corner of a building"
Piano Lesson (ddr-hmwf-1-515)
img Piano Lesson (ddr-hmwf-1-515)
"Piano Instructor-Julia Kuwahara, Pupil-Nagata, 29-25-H, Jan 12 1944, l9 f6.3 1/10, PlusX DK20-50', D76-20', En 1 #2 20" as described on back
Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-470)
img Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-470)
"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-1-533)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-533)
"Verichrome SuperIkontaB, April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing and jumping rope between barracks