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

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Eiko Shibayama Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1001-14-11)
vh Eiko Shibayama Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1001-14-11)
Recreational activities in camp: swimming, movies, birthday parties
Sue Kunitomi Embrey Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-2-12)
vh Sue Kunitomi Embrey Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-2-12)
Building gardens: "I think it really helped the morale of the people"
Alice Matsumoto Ando Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-73-6)
vh Alice Matsumoto Ando Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-73-6)
Recreational activities in camp

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Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-273-18)
vh Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-273-18)
Working for the recreation department, planning activities for kids

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Nancy K. Araki Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-305-18)
vh Nancy K. Araki Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-305-18)
Recreational activities in camp

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Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-289-13)
vh Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-289-13)
Remembering music in camp with Louis Frizzell

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George Yoshida Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-132-29)
vh George Yoshida Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-132-29)
Helping to organize a dance band in camp, rehearsing evenings and weekends
Two Japanese American boys work on a project (ddr-densho-362-19)
img Two Japanese American boys work on a project (ddr-densho-362-19)
Tom Konishi works on cutting out a design on a machine with another young man.
Desert Sentinel, Vol. I No. 12, May 14, 1943 (ddr-csujad-17-2)
doc Desert Sentinel, Vol. I No. 12, May 14, 1943 (ddr-csujad-17-2)
School newspaper published at the Gila River incarceration camp. Features and items include a report on a bond drive and on a "Kampus Karnival"; news about the debate team and about a talent show, as well as about goings-on at Topaz, Utah; Manzanar, California; Echoes, Wyoming; Hunt, Idaho; and Amache, Colorado; and illustrations. See this object ...
Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-44)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-44)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including social and cultural differences, personality conflicts, friendships, social interactions, school, dogs, memories, reflections on camp life, weather, a friend in the military visiting his parents in camp, hobbies, and opinions about other people and daily life. Each entry ...
Beauty contest (ddr-csujad-26-134)
img Beauty contest (ddr-csujad-26-134)
Seven young Japanese American women pose in formal dresses. Verso of photo reads, "beauty contest." The woman in the center is presumed to be the winner as she is seated, wears a crown, and holds a bouquet. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site ...
Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-43)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-43)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including family interactions, memories, homesickness, friendships, social interactions, school, self-reflection, juvenile delinquency, peer behaviors, death, religion, opinions, and worldviews. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class assignment and collected for ...
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from William Koyama (ddr-one-5-21)
The letter is written on thin paper and possibly missing pages, dated July 21, 1942. William writes to his father about his current classes, describing his Boy Scout troop and his changing weight. He asks after his father's health and the entertainment as his camp.
An oral history with Sue Kunitomi Embrey - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-64-1)
vh An oral history with Sue Kunitomi Embrey - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-64-1)
An oral interview with Sue Kunitomi Embrey, an activist, educator, writer and longtime chair of the Manzanar Committee. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcription is found in the item: csufccop_jaoh_0140. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2426_T01
Saka Tanaka (ddr-csujad-8-73)
doc Saka Tanaka (ddr-csujad-8-73)
Oral history interview with Saka Tanaka. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Tanaka, Saka
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