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 (526)

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

526 items
Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-468)
img Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-468)
"Coal rush, 29-28 Jan 7-1944 2:30pm, f16 1/50 SuperIkontaB SuperXX Roll, DK20-50' D76-20' "as described on back
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-449)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-449)
"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 together on hillside
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-530)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-530)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-149)
img Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-149)
"Picnic on Shoshone River, May 28 1944" as described on back
Men posing (ddr-hmwf-1-105)
img Men posing (ddr-hmwf-1-105)
"Mess 29-30, Mar 26 1944" as described on back, men posing with Japanese Red Cross shoyu
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 17, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-16)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 17, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-16)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 17, 1943). Envelope (addressed "The 'Flea' ") is postmarked July 19, 1943 from the Granada (Amache) Incarceration Camp in Amache, Colorado.
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (July 9, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-49)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (July 9, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-49)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (July 9, 1943). Envelope is postmarked July 10, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (March 31, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-51)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (March 31, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-51)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (March 31, 1944). Envelope is postmarked April 1, 1944 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-273)
img Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-273)
"Isao Nakaishi Birthday Party 29-24-D, Aug 31 1944" as described on back, flood f11 1/50 Verichrome
Men Playing Game (ddr-hmwf-1-485)
img Men Playing Game (ddr-hmwf-1-485)
"Mah Jong 29-6-F, Jan 13-1945, Flash f8 1/100 Verichrome, D76 22' "as described on back, 3 men playing mah jong
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-456)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-456)
"June 25-1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3, SuperpanPress D76-40' "as described on back, four young women posing together with Heart Mountain in background
Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-415)
img Girls Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-415)
Young teenage girls posing together in barracks room, "July 29 1944, l8 f8 1/10, superpan press, SuperIkontaB, D76 42'" as described on back
Women posing (ddr-hmwf-1-163)
img Women posing (ddr-hmwf-1-163)
"2 women posing with umbrellas, Sept. 30-1943 3:30pm" f11 1/25 K1, verichrome roll D76 20min
Family picture (ddr-hmwf-1-102)
img Family picture (ddr-hmwf-1-102)
"Family posed together with guard tower in background"
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-527)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-527)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game beside barracks
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-262)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-262)
"Chiko Kumamoto, 24-22-F June 28 1944" as described on back, f5.6 1/10 Superpan Press D76-41
Sitting around Building (ddr-hmwf-1-61)
img Sitting around Building (ddr-hmwf-1-61)
"Men and women sitting around the corner of a building"
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (January 19, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-116)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (January 19, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-116)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (January 19, 1945). Envelope is postmarked January 20, 1945 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Violet Saito (February 16, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-72)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Violet Saito (February 16, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-72)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Violet Saito (February 16, 1943). Envelope is postmarked February 17, 1943 from the Granada (Amache) Incarceration Camp in Amache, Colorado.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (August 14, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-106)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (August 14, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-106)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (August 14, 1943). Envelope is postmarked August 17, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) (ddr-janm-1-95)
doc Letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) (ddr-janm-1-95)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-478)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-478)
Men, women, and children ice skating with barracks in background
Christmas Exercises (ddr-hmwf-1-245)
img Christmas Exercises (ddr-hmwf-1-245)
"Christmas exercises 22-25 Rec Hall Dec 22 1943, Project Photographer Bud Aoyama" as described on back
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-526)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-526)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game near barracks and coal pile
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