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 (643)

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

643 items
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 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.
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.
Japanese Americans resting near creek (ddr-densho-151-399)
img Japanese Americans resting near creek (ddr-densho-151-399)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Family groups enjoying the mountain creek which flows along the outer border of this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Woman holding a snowball next to a sign (ddr-manz-7-101)
img Woman holding a snowball next to a sign (ddr-manz-7-101)
Caption on reverse: "Melva Nielsen, Tues., Feb. 22, 1944. After the blizzard, still snowing."
Women on a hiking trip (ddr-manz-7-93)
img Women on a hiking trip (ddr-manz-7-93)
Caption on reverse: "Lucy Gratch, Mt. Whitney, Sept. '43."
Manzanar queen and her court (ddr-manz-10-18)
img Manzanar queen and her court (ddr-manz-10-18)
Original caption: "Her Majesty Haru Ogawa. Attendants: Kiyo Nishi, Riyo Yano, Virgie Kikuta, Yuri Yamazaki." Handwritten note on front: "Dearest Gracie, With love, Yuri."
Queen contest (ddr-densho-159-70)
img Queen contest (ddr-densho-159-70)
Left to right: Fumi Sotomura, June Sato, Lucy Nakano, Yoshiko Oda, Asano Kasai.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 24 (June 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-73)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 24 (June 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-73)
Selected article titles: "4 C's May Ask for Change in Draft Classification" (p. 1), "New Service for Those Planning to Go Outside" (p. 2), "100th Infantry Returns from European Front" (p. 3), and "Japanese Movies: Two 35mm Films Scheduled June 18-22 at Auditorium" (p. 4). Page 5 is mislabeled as page 6.
Band concert (ddr-densho-93-38)
img Band concert (ddr-densho-93-38)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Band concert (close), Manzanar Relocation Center / photograph by Ansel Adams.
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 29 (September 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-35)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 29 (September 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-35)
Selected article titles: "8000 Attend Undokai; Ward VIII Wins Title" (pp. 1, 6), "First Escheat Action Filed in Orange County" (p. 1), and "WRA Policy on Eye Glass Indemnity Given" (p. 1).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 30 (July 27, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-78)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 30 (July 27, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-78)
Selected article titles: "On 1 Condition: Swtz. to Look After Japanese Interests" (p. 1), "Assistance Granted to Resettlers in Need" (pp. 1-2), "Ration Books Now Issued at Tule Lake Camp" (p. 2), and "At Gym: 'Grand Student Recital' Aug. 3" (p. 4).
Co-Op News, Vol II. No. 4 (September 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-14)
doc Co-Op News, Vol II. No. 4 (September 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-14)
Selected article titles: "24 Co-Op Workers to Transfer to Tule Lake" (p. 1), "Operating Statement for July Released" (p. 1), "Photo Studio to Close, Move to 2-12-EF" (p. 1).
Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 7 (July 15, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-5)
doc Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 7 (July 15, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-5)
Selected article titles: "Co-Op Congress to Elect Nine New Directors" (p. 1), "Photo Studio Temporarily Suspends Picture Taking" (p. 1), "Piece Goods Arriving Daily at Dry Goods Store" (p. 1).
Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 8 (July 22, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-6)
doc Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 8 (July 22, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-6)
Selected article titles: "Equity Certificates For First Quarter to be Distributed Soon" (p. 1), "Construction on Ice House Started Tuesday" (p. 1), "Picture Taking Resumed" (p. 1).
Song lists (ddr-densho-280-13)
doc Song lists (ddr-densho-280-13)
Two typed pages of popular song lyrics, including Christmas songs.
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