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

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Japanese Americans playing games in shade (ddr-densho-151-402)
img Japanese Americans playing games in shade (ddr-densho-151-402)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees enjoying games under the shade of trees near the creek which flows through the desert on the border of this War Relocation Authrority center.
Japanese Americans playing in stream (ddr-densho-151-473)
img Japanese Americans playing in stream (ddr-densho-151-473)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry enjoying a hot summer afternoon at this War Relocation Authority center. This mountain stream flows through the desert on the border of the Center.
Cosmetology Club (ddr-manz-6-61)
img Cosmetology Club (ddr-manz-6-61)
Original caption: "Back row: 1. Hideko Ohashi, 2. Mari Kakoi; 3. Amy Miyamoto, 4. Sadaye Akemoto, 5. Kazuko Nagai, 6. Hideko Minabe, 7. Tomi Isago, 8. Katie Inouye, 9. Diane Tani, 10. Masako Kurokawa; Middle row: 11. Lillian Uyemura, 12. Mary Hirabara, 13. Duchess Takeuchi, 14. Miss Dorothy Yamamoto, 15. Rikoko Nakamura, 16. Masako Matsuo, 17. ...
Kids dressed as Native Americans (ddr-manz-7-68)
img Kids dressed as Native Americans (ddr-manz-7-68)
Caption on reverse: "Arthur Yamada, Hideo Kawaguchi, George Hikiji, Bob Komura, Duchie Nagai, Kenji Nakamichi."
Young Buddhists Association officers (ddr-densho-159-97)
img Young Buddhists Association officers (ddr-densho-159-97)
This photograph is of the new officers for 1943. Front row (center): Reverend Imamura. Second row: unknown, unknown, Alice Yamasaki, Tamaki Hatayama, unknown.
Boy Scout troop (ddr-densho-160-72)
img Boy Scout troop (ddr-densho-160-72)
This is Troop 179's Drum and Bugle Corps from Los Angeles.
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1005-1-23)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1005-1-23)
Cultural performances in camp

Eiichi Edward Sakauye shot footage of the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, from 1943-1945, on 8 mm film. This interview is of Mr. Sakauye providing voice-over descriptions for his original footage.

Mas Okui Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1003-13-19)
vh Mas Okui Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1003-13-19)
Leaving camp to go fishing

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George Nakata Interview Segment 26 (ddr-one-7-29-26)
vh George Nakata Interview Segment 26 (ddr-one-7-29-26)
Music and drama 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.

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