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
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-441)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-441)
"Kuwahara-Kumamoto-Suski group, June 28-1944, f16 1/50 G3 Superpan Press D76-40' Kodabromide G3" as described on back, group posing together with hospital chimney in background
Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-272)
img Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-272)
"Birthday party-Aug 31 1944" Flood f5.6 1/5 Verichrome
Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-461)
img Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-461)
"Christmas Exercise 22-25, Rec Hall, Dec 22 1943, Project Photographer- Bud Aoyama" as described on back, group of kids practicing for a Christmas Exercise
Letter to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (October 6, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-29)
doc Letter to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (October 6, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-29)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (October 6, 1942).
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 16, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-64)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 16, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-64)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 16, 1942). Envelope is postmarked February 20, 1943 from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (November 27, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-108)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (November 27, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-108)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (November 27, 1943). Envelope is postmarked November 29, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (April 14, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-47)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (April 14, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-47)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (April 14, 1943). Envelope is postmarked April 20, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (June 28, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-28)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (June 28, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-28)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (June 28, 1942). Envelope is postmarked June 29, 1942 from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 27, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-110)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 27, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-110)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 27, 1943). Envelope is postmarked December 31, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (March 21, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-82)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (March 21, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-82)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (March 21, 1943). Envelope is postmarked March 22, 1943 from the Gila River Incarceration Camp in Rivers, Arizona.
Young Japanese American reading comics (ddr-densho-151-472)
img Young Japanese American reading comics (ddr-densho-151-472)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuee boy at this War Relocation Authority center reading the Funnies.
Group of young women (ddr-manz-6-38)
img Group of young women (ddr-manz-6-38)
The group is preparing to dunk Ruby Nakamura in the water.
Two girls playing with a ball (ddr-manz-7-24)
img Two girls playing with a ball (ddr-manz-7-24)
Caption on reverse: "Naomi, Akiko, Milly, Emmy, Alice."
Women in the snow (ddr-manz-7-92)
img Women in the snow (ddr-manz-7-92)
Caption on reverse: "Martha Shoaf, Feb. 22, 1944, Manzanar after the blizzard."
Modernaires (ddr-manz-10-61)
img Modernaires (ddr-manz-10-61)
Original caption: "Standing: Rosie Maruki, Reiko Ando, Tosh Morishita, Terry Arita, Tak Ando, Kaz Nishimoto, Tosh Nakadaira, Kiyo Tanuki, Lucy Aoki, Suzanne Anzai, Iris Akiyama. Seated: Chickie Hiraoka, Fumi Matsuzawa, Duchess Takeuchi, Advisor Misuko Nakamura, Mary Kageyama, Irene Kusayanagi."
Calico Cats club photograph (ddr-manz-10-12)
img Calico Cats club photograph (ddr-manz-10-12)
Original caption: "Chiyo Takeda, Chickie Shiba, Grace, Aki Sakamoto, Nutsie Fujimoto, Nancy Takeda, Wes Kanegae."
Shig Yabu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-10-5)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-10-5)
Movies and sports in camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Roy Doi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-5-4)
vh Roy Doi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-5-4)
Recreational activities in camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 14 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-14)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 14 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-14)
Recreational activities in concentration camp: attending school

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

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