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 (526)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Arts and crafts in camp, Music in camp

526 items
Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-8)
doc Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-8)
Letter from the Morishitas telling about their Christmas in Minidoka.
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from William Koyama (ddr-one-5-21)
The letter is written on thin paper and possibly missing pages, dated July 21, 1942. William writes to his father about his current classes, describing his Boy Scout troop and his changing weight. He asks after his father's health and the entertainment as his camp.
Japanese American at baton practice (ddr-densho-93-10)
img Japanese American at baton practice (ddr-densho-93-10)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Baton practice, Florence Kuwata, Manzanar Relocation Center / photograph by Ansel Adams.
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 16 (June 15, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-23)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 16 (June 15, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-23)
Selected article titles: "Graduation for 120 Seniors on Friday" (p. 1), "Repatriation Requests in Transit to Japan" (PP. 1-2), and "All Meetings, Entertainments Must Be Registered with Police" (p. 2).
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-496)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-496)
Men, women, and children ice skating with barracks in background
2 men posing (ddr-hmwf-1-116)
img 2 men posing (ddr-hmwf-1-116)
"Tomikawa 29-22-C, May 22 1944" as described on back, f16 1/25 G3, Plus x DK20-25 76 -10
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-427)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-427)
"Kiku, Aki, June 25-1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3 SuperpanPress, D76-40' " as described on back
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-534)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-534)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing games around barracks and coal pile
Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-463)
img Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-463)
"Christmas Party 29-30 Mess Hall, Dec 25-1943, Bud Aoyama Project Photographer" as described on back
Girls Reading (ddr-hmwf-1-419)
img Girls Reading (ddr-hmwf-1-419)
Young girls gathered together in recreation area
Child in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-504)
img Child in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-504)
Young boy standing in the snow with barracks in background
Girls Dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-271)
img Girls Dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-271)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto-Mikaru Odori 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB-Flash f12 1/100
Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-464)
img Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-464)
"Christmas Party 29-30 Mess Hall, Dec 25-1943" as described on back
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-442)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-442)
"June 28-1944, f16 1/50 G3 Superpan Press D76-46' G3" as described on back, group posing together (Kuwahara, Kumamoto, Suski)
Women in circle (ddr-hmwf-1-54)
img Women in circle (ddr-hmwf-1-54)
"Women in traditional dress joined in a circle"
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-479)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-479)
Children ice skating together with barracks in background
Lunch in Mess Hall (ddr-hmwf-1-134)
img Lunch in Mess Hall (ddr-hmwf-1-134)
"Mess Hall - lunch, 29-27 Jan 16 1944" as described on back" Men eating lunch, Speed Graphic-Flash, f11 1/100
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 Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-529)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-529)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game beside barracks
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