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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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Social and recreational activities (642)

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Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 8 (July 22, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-6)
doc Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 8 (July 22, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-6)
Selected article titles: "Equity Certificates For First Quarter to be Distributed Soon" (p. 1), "Construction on Ice House Started Tuesday" (p. 1), "Picture Taking Resumed" (p. 1).
The Harmonaires (ddr-densho-280-8)
doc The Harmonaires (ddr-densho-280-8)
This document outlines the history of the musical group, "The Harmonaires," starting in 1939 and following them through the war. A complete list of musicians is included.
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 29 (September 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-35)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 29 (September 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-35)
Selected article titles: "8000 Attend Undokai; Ward VIII Wins Title" (pp. 1, 6), "First Escheat Action Filed in Orange County" (p. 1), and "WRA Policy on Eye Glass Indemnity Given" (p. 1).
Co-Op News, Vol II. No. 4 (September 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-14)
doc Co-Op News, Vol II. No. 4 (September 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-14)
Selected article titles: "24 Co-Op Workers to Transfer to Tule Lake" (p. 1), "Operating Statement for July Released" (p. 1), "Photo Studio to Close, Move to 2-12-EF" (p. 1).
Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 2 (May 27, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-2)
doc Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 2 (May 27, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-2)
Selected article titles: "When You Relocate - What About Your Money in the Co-Op?" (p. 1), "Questions and Answers" (p. 1), "Dust Storms" (p. 1).
Mary Nomura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-7-7)
vh Mary Nomura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-7-7)
Establishing extracurricular groups in camp, singing in programs
Shig Yabu Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1011-10-7)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1011-10-7)
Participating in Boy Scouts in 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.

Shig Yabu Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-10-4)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-10-4)
Recreational activities in camp

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Shig Yabu Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1011-10-11)
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Adopting a pet bird in camp

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Shig Yabu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-10-5)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-10-5)
Movies and sports in camp

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Bill Shishima Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-1-5)
vh Bill Shishima Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-1-5)
Participating in Boy Scout activities in camp

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Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1011-7-6)
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Visiting Yellowstone National Park on a Boy Scout trip

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Roy Doi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-5-4)
vh Roy Doi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-5-4)
Recreational activities in camp

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Kazuo Shiroyama Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1011-6-6)
vh Kazuo Shiroyama Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1011-6-6)
Participating in the Boy Scouts in camp

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Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1005-1-20)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1005-1-20)
Passing time in camp: crafts, gardening

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.

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.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1005-1-8)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1005-1-8)
Cultivating a flower garden

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.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1005-1-23)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1005-1-23)
Cultural performances 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.

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