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

643 items
Recreation department staff (ddr-densho-111-3)
img Recreation department staff (ddr-densho-111-3)
Staff of Tule Lake concentration camp's recreation department. They are sitting on a stage platform which was built in a firebreak, and used for various performances. Second row from front, ninth from left is Harry Mayeda, the Recreation Department Director. Elaine Ishikawa Hayes is in the third row, sixth from left.
Page of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi Scrapbook (ddr-densho-325-29)
doc Page of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi Scrapbook (ddr-densho-325-29)
This scrapbook page contains more invitations to different social functions at Tule Lake concentration camp. There is also a program for the first commencement from Tri-State High School, the camp's high school.
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-426)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-426)
"Kiku, June 25-1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3 Superpan Press" as described on back, girl sitting with Heart Mountain in background
Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-299)
img Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-299)
"Ono Birthday Party 29-21-D, Aug 9 1944" as described on back, Flash f11 1/100, PlusX DK 20-30' D76-10'
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-254)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-254)
"Nellie Yamamoto's baby Arthur Jr. 29-3-CD, Dec 19, 1944" as described on back, f5.6 1/10 Verichrome D76-45'
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-550)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-550)
Men, women, and children ice skating with barracks in background
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-425)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-425)
"Kiku, Aki, Tami, Sumi, June 25-1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3, Superpan Press D76-40' " as described on back
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-436)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-436)
"Tami, Kiku, Aki, Sumi, June 25 1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3 Superpan Press D76-40' "as described on back, four young women standing together with Heart Mountain in background
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-500)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-500)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, young woman standing beside large snowman
Women dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-56)
img Women dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-56)
"Women in traditional dress dancing around float structure"
Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-439)
img Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-439)
"Kiku, Tami, Sumi, Aki, June 25 1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3 Superpan Press, D76-40' "as described on back, young women posing together with Heart Mountain in background
Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-106)
img Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-106)
"Vocation Depot, Nov 6-1944" as described on back
Piano Lesson (ddr-hmwf-1-517)
img Piano Lesson (ddr-hmwf-1-517)
"Piano Lessons, 29-25 N, Jan 12 1944, l9 f6.3 1/10, PlusX DK 20 50' D76 20'" as described on back" Julia Kuwahara, Nagata
Girl Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-477)
img Girl Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-477)
Girl ice skating with barracks in background
Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-29)
img Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-29)
"Mrs. Kuwahara Piano Class Party 23-25N Y.W.C.A June 24th 1944 2-5pm" as described on back f5.6 1/5 superpan Press D76-40'
Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-35)
img Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-35)
"June 24, 1944 2-5pm" as described on back
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