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
Letter to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimobochi (August 1, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-56)
doc Letter to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimobochi (August 1, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-56)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimobochi (August 1, 1942). Letter is from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (April 3, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-15)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (April 3, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-15)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (April 3, 1943). Envelope is postmarked April 5, 1943 from the Granada (Amache) Incarceration Camp in Amache, Colorado.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 26, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-104)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 26, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-104)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 26, 1942). Envelope is postmarked December 30, 1942 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (March 2, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-66)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (March 2, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-66)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (March 2, 1944). Envelope is postmarked March 2, 1944 from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
Japanese Americans watching baseball game (ddr-densho-151-468)
img Japanese Americans watching baseball game (ddr-densho-151-468)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees watching a ball game late in the afternoon at this War Relocation Authority center.
Calico Cats (ddr-manz-6-62)
img Calico Cats (ddr-manz-6-62)
Original caption: "Chiyo Takeda, Chickie Shiba, Grace Aki Sakamoto, Nutsie Fujimoto, Nancy Kanegai."
Woman holding a snowball (ddr-manz-7-78)
img Woman holding a snowball (ddr-manz-7-78)
Caption on reverse: "Melva Nielsen, Feb. 23, 1944, Manzanar."
Children playing in front of barracks (ddr-manz-7-4)
img Children playing in front of barracks (ddr-manz-7-4)
Caption on reverse: "Reiko, Naomi, Akiko, Molly, Emmy."
Three men on stage (ddr-manz-10-52)
img Three men on stage (ddr-manz-10-52)
Original caption: "Auctioneer Kow Maruki pays Joseph Yonai man with heaviest beard."
Group of women in front of a car (ddr-manz-10-1)
img Group of women in front of a car (ddr-manz-10-1)
Original caption: "Gazelles 1942. Teruko Kuwata, Kimi Okubo, Pee Wee Kusunoki, Fujiko Takahashi, Grace. Front - Nellie Lujan, Florence Nemoto, Rosie Maruki, Heme Hashimoto."
Couple dancing (ddr-manz-10-51)
img Couple dancing (ddr-manz-10-51)
Original caption: "Rosie Maruki, George Shiba, waltz contest winners."
George Nakata Interview Segment 17 (ddr-one-7-29-17)
vh George Nakata Interview Segment 17 (ddr-one-7-29-17)
Exploring the area just outside the camp's fences

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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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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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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

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