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 (635)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Arts and crafts in camp, Music in camp

635 items
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-535)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-535)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing games around barracks
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-451)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-451)
"Gushiken, Sally and Nancy, 29-23-E, Nov 30-1943, l19 f16 1/25 G3 PlusX Dk20-40' D76-10' "as described on back, two girls standing with Heart Mountain in back ground
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-255)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-255)
"Nellie Yamamoto's baby Arthur Jr. 29-3-CD, Dec 19, 1944" as described on back, f5.6 1/10 Verichrome D76-45'
Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-475)
img Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-475)
"Christmas Exercise 22-25 Rec Hall, Dec 22-1943" as described on back, children performing
Couple on Steps (ddr-hmwf-1-455)
img Couple on Steps (ddr-hmwf-1-455)
"Hospital, July 31-1943, l20 f11 1/50 G3, Agfa Superpan Supreme, DK 20 21 min, C#2 4 An 27" as described on back, couple sitting on steps
Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-558)
img Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-558)
"Furumura family and visitors, 29-3-C Jan 11 1944, l19 f11 1/50 G3, PlusX DK20-50' D76-17' " as described on back
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-487)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-487)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, young woman standing beside large snowman
Young women posing (ddr-hmwf-1-420)
img Young women posing (ddr-hmwf-1-420)
"Mityie" as described on back, 3 young women posing together along railing
Piano Recital (ddr-hmwf-1-37)
img Piano Recital (ddr-hmwf-1-37)
"Mrs. Kuwahara's Piano Class Recital, Guest singer Mary Pagano, Soprano May 29, 1944" as described on back
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-247)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-247)
"Nellie Yamamoto's baby Arthur Jr. 29-3-CD, Dec 19, 1944" as described on back, f5.6 1/10 Verichrome D76-45'
Woman and Child (ddr-hmwf-1-445)
img Woman and Child (ddr-hmwf-1-445)
"May Harada request, 9/25/1943" as described on back, young woman and child together
Baseball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-513)
img Baseball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-513)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing baseball near barracks and coal pile
Bonfire (ddr-hmwf-1-52)
img Bonfire (ddr-hmwf-1-52)
"Men and women at a bonfire, Tasuka (on back)"
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-421)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-421)
Group gathered at Vocation Station, "Michi Yamada- Vocation Station, Dec 12 1943, 9:30am, l15 f11, 1/25 G3, Superxx DK 20-40', D76-15' " as described on back
Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-34)
img Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-34)
"June 24, 1944 2-5pm" as described on back
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (November 15, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-13)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (November 15, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-13)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (November 15, 1942). Envelope is postmarked November 18, 1942 from the Granada (Amache) Incarceration Camp in Amache, Colorado.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (July 14, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-113)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (July 14, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-113)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (July 14, 1944). Envelope is postmarked July 19, 1944 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (July 7, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-97)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (July 7, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-97)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (July 7, 1942). Envelope is postmarked July 9, 1942 from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (May 14, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-111)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (May 14, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-111)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (May 14, 1944). Envelope is postmarked May 15, 1944 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimokochi (July 5, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-59)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimokochi (July 5, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-59)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimokochi (July 5, 1943). Envelope is postmarked July 6, 1943 from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
Young Japanese Americans playing in creek (ddr-densho-151-400)
img Young Japanese Americans playing in creek (ddr-densho-151-400)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuee children enjoying a hot summer afternoon in the mountain creek which flows through the desert on the border of this War Relocation Authority center.
Japanese Americans playing go (ddr-densho-151-398)
img Japanese Americans playing go (ddr-densho-151-398)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Playing the Japanese game Goh in the Relocation Hall at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Queen and her court (ddr-manz-6-56)
img Queen and her court (ddr-manz-6-56)
Original caption: "Her Majesty Haru Ogawa. Attendants: Kiyo Nishi, Riyo Yano, Virgie Kikuta, Yuri Yamazaki."
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