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
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-501)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-501)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, two young women standing beside large snowman
Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-470)
img Coal Rush (ddr-hmwf-1-470)
"Coal rush, 29-28 Jan 7-1944 2:30pm, f16 1/50 SuperIkontaB SuperXX Roll, DK20-50' D76-20' "as described on back
Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-497)
img Ice Skating (ddr-hmwf-1-497)
Two girls ice skating together with barracks in background
Men playing bridge (ddr-hmwf-1-114)
img Men playing bridge (ddr-hmwf-1-114)
"Bridge at Oki 24-21 E, Fistere, Yosh Kodama, Tom (Oki), Wright Kawakami, Feb 2 1944, 7:00pm" as described on back, l5 f5.6 1/5 SuperIkontaB superxx roll DK20-50 D76-25
Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-33)
img Piano Class (ddr-hmwf-1-33)
"June 24, 1944 2-5pm" as described on back
Children posing (ddr-hmwf-1-278)
img Children posing (ddr-hmwf-1-278)
"Aug 10 1944" f 12.7 1/50 G3, Plus X DK20-30' D76-10'
Group (ddr-hmwf-1-458)
img Group (ddr-hmwf-1-458)
"June 25-1944, l20 f19 1/50 G3, SuperpanPress D76-40' "as described on back, four young women posing together
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-492)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-492)
"April 11-1944, Leica" as described on back, children playing together between barracks
Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-110)
img Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-110)
"Group of women in front of Vocation Depot"
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-511)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-511)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Woman and Child (ddr-hmwf-1-490)
img Woman and Child (ddr-hmwf-1-490)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, woman and child posing together in the snow
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-248)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-248)
"Baby on little bike- Ono, August 10 1944" f12,7 1/50 G3 PlusX DK 20-30' D76-10'
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-538)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-538)
"June 24-1944" as described on back, group of women and children sitting around having snacks and drinks
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-509)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-509)
"June 24-1944" as described on back, group of women and children sitting around having snacks and drinks
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-597)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-597)
"Surgery picnic, July 1944" as described on back
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-489)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-489)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, young woman standing beside large snowman
Children posing (ddr-hmwf-1-260)
img Children posing (ddr-hmwf-1-260)
"Small children posing together, baby in wagon" May 11 1944
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-454)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-454)
"Oki's 24-2-F, l11 f6.3 1/25 sec., 6:30 pm, June 20-1943, SuperXX DK 20-30min" as described on back, two women and man sitting on steps outside barracks
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 81, No. 19 (November 7, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-44)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 81, No. 19 (November 7, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-44)
Selected article titles: "Inouye, Mineta Questioning Big Government Spending" (pp. 1, 3), "JACL Gets $75,000 Catholic Grant" (pp. 1-2), "E.O. 9066 Reparations Poll in Favor of Payment to Evacuees" (p. 1), "Poston Indians Welcome Pilgrimage" (p. 5), and "Dances in Camp" (p. 5).
Japanese Americans playing in creek (ddr-densho-151-401)
img Japanese Americans playing in creek (ddr-densho-151-401)
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.
Roughnecks club photograph (ddr-manz-10-16)
img Roughnecks club photograph (ddr-manz-10-16)
Original caption: "Roughnecks asfter slumber party. Manzanar 1944."
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