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
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.

Michiko Amatatsu Noritake Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-4-7)
vh Michiko Amatatsu Noritake Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-4-7)
Memories of Manzanar: working in the nursery, recreational activities
Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1011-7-6)
vh Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1011-7-6)
Visiting Yellowstone National Park on a Boy Scout trip

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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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Bill Hiroshi Shishima Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-393-14)
vh Bill Hiroshi Shishima Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-393-14)
Participating in a stamp club in camp

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Bill Hiroshi Shishima Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-393-12)
vh Bill Hiroshi Shishima Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-393-12)
Joining the Boy Scouts in camp

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Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-165-15)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-165-15)
Activities in camp: acting in plays with a theater group, participating in a writers' group
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-59-1)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-59-1)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, ...
An oral history with Joe Yamakido (ddr-csujad-29-67)
vh An oral history with Joe Yamakido (ddr-csujad-29-67)
An oral interview with Joe Yamakido, an incarceree at the Santa Anita Assembly Center and the Jerome incarceration camp. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0168. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3733_T01
An oral history with Kin'ichi Kimbo Yoshitomi (ddr-csujad-29-28)
av An oral history with Kin'ichi Kimbo Yoshitomi (ddr-csujad-29-28)
An oral interview with Kinichi Kimbo Yoshitomi, an incarceree at the Tanforan Assembly Center and the the Topaz incarceration camp. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcription is found in the item: csufccop_jaoh_0108. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ...
An oral history with Togo Tanaka (ddr-csujad-29-62)
vh An oral history with Togo Tanaka (ddr-csujad-29-62)
An oral interview with Togo Tanaka, newspaper editor, documentary historian, and businessman who was incarcerated at the Manzanar camp. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcription is found in the item: csufccop_jaoh_0104. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1271.3_T01
An oral history with Toki Endo (ddr-csujad-29-39)
av An oral history with Toki Endo (ddr-csujad-29-39)
An oral interview with Toki Endo, an incarceree at the Salinas Assembly Center and the Poston (Colorado River) incarceration camp. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcription is found in the item: csufccop_jaoh_0130. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ...
An oral history with Alan Nishio (ddr-csujad-29-36)
av An oral history with Alan Nishio (ddr-csujad-29-36)
An oral interview with Alan Nishio, an incarceree at the Santa Anita Assembly Center and the Manzanar incarceration camp. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcription is found in the item: csufccop_jaoh_0124. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2371_T01
An oral history with Herbert Takashi Suyumatsu (ddr-csujad-30-11)
av An oral history with Herbert Takashi Suyumatsu (ddr-csujad-30-11)
An oral interview with Herbert Takashi Suyematsu, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0126. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2336_T01
Granada Christian Church Sunday School news, 1942 (ddr-csujad-7-21)
doc Granada Christian Church Sunday School news, 1942 (ddr-csujad-7-21)
Newsletter put out by the Granada Christian Church for it's congregation. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_Granada Christian Church Sunday School News
Granada Pioneer, Edition 2, Issue 21, January 15, 1944 (ddr-csujad-17-9)
doc Granada Pioneer, Edition 2, Issue 21, January 15, 1944 (ddr-csujad-17-9)
Newspaper published at the Granada incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: JARC_02-07_04
Granada Pioneer, Vol. I, No.61, May 1, 1943 (ddr-csujad-17-7)
doc Granada Pioneer, Vol. I, No.61, May 1, 1943 (ddr-csujad-17-7)
Newspaper published at the Granada incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: JARC_02-04_01
An oral history with Yoshie Mary Tashima (ddr-csujad-29-27)
av An oral history with Yoshie Mary Tashima (ddr-csujad-29-27)
An oral interview with Yoshie Mary Tashima, an incarceree at the Santa Anita Assembly Center and the Granada (Amache) incarceration camp. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcription is found in the item: csufccop_jaoh_0106. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project ...
An oral history with Izumi Taniguchi (ddr-csujad-29-43)
av An oral history with Izumi Taniguchi (ddr-csujad-29-43)
An oral interview with Izumi Taniguchi, incarceree at the Turlock Assembly Center and the Gila River Incarceration Camp. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0142. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2472_T01
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