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
Child in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-491)
img Child in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-491)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, young boy standing in snow with barracks and guard tower in background
Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-443)
img Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-443)
"May Harada request, 9/25/1943" as described on back, two young women posing together on steps into barracks
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-494)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-494)
Men, women, and children ice skating with barracks in background
Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-1)
img Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-1)
"Picnic on Shoshone River-May 28th, 1944" as described on back(D-7)
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-525)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-525)
"Carrol Inouye, Sueko Horiuchi, April 9 1944, l7 f6.3 1/5, Pancho Press cut film, DK20-45' En 0 2 20-25" as described on back
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-246)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-246)
"Fiyia 24-11-E July 5 1943 10:30am" l6 f 6.3 1/5 sec. SuperXX DK20-33min, intact #3-3
Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-31)
img Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-31)
"Mrs. Kuwahara's Piano Class Recital Y.W.C.A. 23-25N May 29, 1944 8pm" as described on back #40 flash Super Ikonta B Superxx f11-1/100
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-476)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-476)
Group picture of children with Christmas decorations
Men Sitting (ddr-hmwf-1-520)
img Men Sitting (ddr-hmwf-1-520)
"Terakami, Matsumoto, 29-6-D, Nov. 27 1943, l4 f5.6 1/2, PlusX DK20-35min D76-10min, En 1 #4 30" as described on back, two men sitting on sofa in barracks room
Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-107)
img Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-107)
"Vocation Depot, Nov 6-1944" as described on back, Men standing around talking
Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-109)
img Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-109)
"Nov. 6-1944" 2 men posing in front of Vocation Depot
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-533)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-533)
"Verichrome SuperIkontaB, April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing and jumping rope between barracks
Piano Lesson (ddr-hmwf-1-515)
img Piano Lesson (ddr-hmwf-1-515)
"Piano Instructor-Julia Kuwahara, Pupil-Nagata, 29-25-H, Jan 12 1944, l9 f6.3 1/10, PlusX DK20-50', D76-20', En 1 #2 20" as described on back
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-539)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-539)
"June 24-1944" as described on back, group of women and children sitting around having snacks and drinks
Children Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-431)
img Children Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-431)
"Dr. K Kawahara 24-24-E, Jan 13 1945, Flash f8 1/100 Verichrome D76-22' " as described on back, four children posing together for picture
Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-604)
img Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-604)
Group of women sitting on a rock beside stream
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
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
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 7, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-21)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 7, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-21)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 7, 1944). Envelope is postmarked June 7, 1944 from Chicago, Illinois.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Violet Saito (July 1, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-75)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Violet Saito (July 1, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-75)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Violet Saito (July 1, 1943). Envelope is postmarked July 14, 1943 from the Granada (Amache) Incarceration Camp in Amache, Colorado.
Greeting card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (July 1, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-34)
doc Greeting card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (July 1, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-34)
Greeting card to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (July 1, 1943). White card with illustration in green of a sign and cacti. The sign reads "Greetings from Poston" on the front of card. Envelope is postmarked July 2, 1943 from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
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