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

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Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1005-1-3)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1005-1-3)
Homemade ice skating rink in camp

Eiichi Edward Sakauye shot footage of the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, from 1943-1945, on 8 mm film. This interview is of Mr. Sakauye providing voice-over descriptions for his original footage.

George Nakata Interview Segment 24 (ddr-one-7-29-24)
vh George Nakata Interview Segment 24 (ddr-one-7-29-24)
Taking excursions out of camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1005-1-16)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1005-1-16)
Activities in camp: gardening, baseball

Eiichi Edward Sakauye shot footage of the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, from 1943-1945, on 8 mm film. This interview is of Mr. Sakauye providing voice-over descriptions for his original footage.

Louise Kashino Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-31-17)
vh Louise Kashino Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-31-17)
Social activities for teenagers in camp

For the first hour of this interview, an additional camera crew from KCTS Television was also present.

Large group of men and women in front of a camp building (ddr-densho-362-29)
img Large group of men and women in front of a camp building (ddr-densho-362-29)
A large group of men and women gather in front of a building for a group photo. Japanese writing is on the front of the photograph.
Pumpkin-shaped invitation (ddr-densho-361-5)
img Pumpkin-shaped invitation (ddr-densho-361-5)
Written inside: "Please accept this invitation and start your preparation for a joyful celebration with a happy aggregation--enjoy participation in the fun and recreation at Halloween Mixer, November 7, &:00 P.M. 15-15 Bring your friends"
Sue Takimoto Okabe Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-74-6)
vh Sue Takimoto Okabe Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-74-6)
Memories of Minidoka, and traveling outside the barbed wire to perform in nearby towns
Bill Hiroshi Shishima Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-393-13)
vh Bill Hiroshi Shishima Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-393-13)
Going on hikes out the camp with the Boy Scouts

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of ...

Deserted Senses [spoof title for Desert Sentinel], Vol. I, No. 9, April 1, 1943 (ddr-csujad-17-3)
doc Deserted Senses [spoof title for Desert Sentinel], Vol. I, No. 9, April 1, 1943 (ddr-csujad-17-3)
School newspaper published at the Gila River incarceration camp; this is an April Fools' Day issue with articles and illustrations making fun of life at camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: JARC_04-01_03
Desert Sentinel, Vol. I. No. 15, June 21, 1943 (ddr-csujad-17-1)
doc Desert Sentinel, Vol. I. No. 15, June 21, 1943 (ddr-csujad-17-1)
School newspaper published at the Gila River incarceration camp. According to an announcement on the back page, publication seeks to make known the War Relocation Authority's "plans and policies," the results of Community Council deliberations, and various regulations and news about life at the Gila River Incarceration Camp. Issue features articles about and by the Camp's ...
Granada Pioneer, Vol. I, No.5, November 11, 1942 (ddr-csujad-17-6)
doc Granada Pioneer, Vol. I, No.5, November 11, 1942 (ddr-csujad-17-6)
Newspaper published at the Granada incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: JARC_02-01_06
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