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
Page of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi Scrapbook (ddr-densho-325-28)
doc Page of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi Scrapbook (ddr-densho-325-28)
Scrapbook contains several invitations to various social events at Tule Lake concentration camp including Nobuya Nimura's graduation program.
Men playing bridge (ddr-hmwf-1-113)
img Men playing bridge (ddr-hmwf-1-113)
"Bridge at Oki 24-21 E, Fistere, Yosh Kodama, Tom (Oki), Wright Kawakami, Feb 2 1944, 7:00pm" as described on back, l6 f2.8 1/25 SuperIkontaB superxx roll DK20-50 D76-25
Men in Barracks (ddr-hmwf-1-459)
img Men in Barracks (ddr-hmwf-1-459)
Two men resting on couch in barracks room
Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-103)
img Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-103)
"Vocation Depot, Nov 6-1944" as described on back
Girls Dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-269)
img Girls Dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-269)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto Mikaru Odori 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB-Flash f12 1/100
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-486)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-486)
"Nellie-Rose, Nov 22-1944" as described on back, two young women standing beside large snowman
Children reading (ddr-hmwf-1-310)
img Children reading (ddr-hmwf-1-310)
"Children reading a book at table, Feb 12 1944" Leica
Girls posing (ddr-hmwf-1-314)
img Girls posing (ddr-hmwf-1-314)
"June Minato, Yasuko Ideishi, Ayako Inouye, Ruby Inouye, May 31 1944"
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-495)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-495)
Men, women, and children ice skating with barracks in background
Couple on Steps (ddr-hmwf-1-452)
img Couple on Steps (ddr-hmwf-1-452)
"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
Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-285)
img Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-285)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto-Mikaru Odori, 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB- Flash f12 1/100
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-480)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-480)
Men, women, and children ice skating with barracks in background
Boys posing (ddr-hmwf-1-258)
img Boys posing (ddr-hmwf-1-258)
"Danny and Miki Kuwahara, Chike Kumamoto June 28 1944" as described on back, f5.6 1/10 SuperpanPress D76-41'
Bonfire (ddr-hmwf-1-51)
img Bonfire (ddr-hmwf-1-51)
"Side view of people standing around a bonfire below"
Woman in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-499)
img Woman in Snow (ddr-hmwf-1-499)
Young woman standing outside barracks making a snowball
Piano Recital (ddr-hmwf-1-532)
img Piano Recital (ddr-hmwf-1-532)
"Mrs. Kuwahara's Piano Class Recital, Informal gathering after recital, May 29-1944" as described on back
Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-280)
img Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-280)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto-Mikaru Odori 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB-Flash f12 1/100
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-447)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-447)
"Mitzie request, Sept 27-1943" as described on back, group photo of young laides
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-505)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-505)
"Fall 1943" as described on back, group picture in front of stage with "HM" at top of curtain
Family picture (ddr-hmwf-1-305)
img Family picture (ddr-hmwf-1-305)
"Family posing together, Aug 11 1944" l8 f4.5 1/25, SuperpanPress D76-40' G3
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-528)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-528)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-101)
img Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-101)
"Vocation Depot, Nov 6-1944" as described on back
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-537)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-537)
"June 24-1944" as described on back, group of women and children sitting around having snacks and drinks
Men Playing Game (ddr-hmwf-1-518)
img Men Playing Game (ddr-hmwf-1-518)
Two men outside of barracks playing board game together
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