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

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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."
Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1002-4-12)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1002-4-12)
An opportunity to leave camp for a day to perform onstage for a local high school and Lions Club

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews ...

Shig Yabu Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1011-10-11)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1011-10-11)
Adopting a pet bird 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.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1005-1-20)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1005-1-20)
Passing time in camp: crafts, gardening

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.

George Azumano Interview Segment 19 (ddr-one-7-32-19)
vh George Azumano Interview Segment 19 (ddr-one-7-32-19)
Passing the time 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.

Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-107-20)
vh Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-107-20)
Community life in Minidoka concentration camp: bands, sumo, Japanese crafts, and other activities
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 59 (ddr-densho-1000-12-59)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 59 (ddr-densho-1000-12-59)
Cultural and social activities at Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho
Frank Kitamoto Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-35-18)
vh Frank Kitamoto Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-35-18)
Childhood activities in camp: a network of tunnels in which to play
Party invitation (ddr-densho-361-4)
img Party invitation (ddr-densho-361-4)
Handwritten invitation to the Bussei Installation social
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