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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Baseball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-513)
img Baseball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-513)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing baseball near barracks and coal pile
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-597)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-597)
"Surgery picnic, July 1944" as described on back
Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-108)
img Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-108)
"Vocation Depot, Nov 6-1944" as described on back, 2 men posing
Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-272)
img Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-272)
"Birthday party-Aug 31 1944" Flood f5.6 1/5 Verichrome
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
Piano Recital (ddr-hmwf-1-37)
img Piano Recital (ddr-hmwf-1-37)
"Mrs. Kuwahara's Piano Class Recital, Guest singer Mary Pagano, Soprano May 29, 1944" as described on back
Bonfire (ddr-hmwf-1-52)
img Bonfire (ddr-hmwf-1-52)
"Men and women at a bonfire, Tasuka (on back)"
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-421)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-421)
Group gathered at Vocation Station, "Michi Yamada- Vocation Station, Dec 12 1943, 9:30am, l15 f11, 1/25 G3, Superxx DK 20-40', D76-15' " as described on back
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-489)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-489)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, young woman standing beside large snowman
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-448)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-448)
Group of women sitting on a rock beside stream
Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-469)
img Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-469)
"Coal rush, 29-28 Jan 7-1944 2:30pm, f12.7 1/100 SuperIkontaB SuperXX Roll, DK20-50' D76-20' "as described on back
Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-34)
img Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-34)
"June 24, 1944 2-5pm" as described on back
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
Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-461)
img Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-461)
"Christmas Exercise 22-25, Rec Hall, Dec 22 1943, Project Photographer- Bud Aoyama" as described on back, group of kids practicing for a Christmas Exercise
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
Children posing (ddr-hmwf-1-260)
img Children posing (ddr-hmwf-1-260)
"Small children posing together, baby in wagon" May 11 1944
Young Japanese Americans playing in creek (ddr-densho-151-400)
img Young Japanese Americans playing in creek (ddr-densho-151-400)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuee children enjoying a hot summer afternoon in the mountain creek which flows through the desert on the border of this War Relocation Authority center.
Japanese Americans playing in creek (ddr-densho-151-401)
img Japanese Americans playing in creek (ddr-densho-151-401)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuee children enjoying a hot summer afternoon in the mountain creek which flows through the desert on the border of this War Relocation Authority center.
Japanese Americans watching baseball game (ddr-densho-151-468)
img Japanese Americans watching baseball game (ddr-densho-151-468)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees watching a ball game late in the afternoon at this War Relocation Authority center.
Japanese Americans playing in stream (ddr-densho-151-473)
img Japanese Americans playing in stream (ddr-densho-151-473)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry enjoying a hot summer afternoon at this War Relocation Authority center. This mountain stream flows through the desert on the border of the Center.
Japanese Americans playing games in shade (ddr-densho-151-402)
img Japanese Americans playing games in shade (ddr-densho-151-402)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees enjoying games under the shade of trees near the creek which flows through the desert on the border of this War Relocation Authrority center.
Japanese Americans playing go (ddr-densho-151-398)
img Japanese Americans playing go (ddr-densho-151-398)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Playing the Japanese game Goh in the Relocation Hall at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Young Japanese American reading comics (ddr-densho-151-472)
img Young Japanese American reading comics (ddr-densho-151-472)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuee boy at this War Relocation Authority center reading the Funnies.
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.
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