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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Mary Nomura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-7-7)
vh Mary Nomura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-7-7)
Establishing extracurricular groups in camp, singing in programs
Kenji J. Yaguchi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-one-7-63-10)
vh Kenji J. Yaguchi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-one-7-63-10)
Organizing a Boy Scout troop in camp

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George Yoshida Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-132-30)
vh George Yoshida Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-132-30)
Enjoying playing in the Music Makers, Poston's dance band: "We played more for ourselves than for the entertainment of others"
Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-294-21)
vh Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-294-21)
Sneaking out of camp to hike in the hills outside

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Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 52 (ddr-densho-1000-118-52)
vh Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 52 (ddr-densho-1000-118-52)
Hobbies at Pinedale Assembly Center; making jewelry out of shells, sewing

During this interview, Mrs. Kurosu alternately speaks in both English and Japanese. As a result, the English translation of the transcript contains [Jpn.] and [Eng.], which indicate whether the original dialogue was spoken in Japanese or English.

Shig Yabu Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-272-17)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-272-17)
Leaving camp to go hiking

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Kay Matsuoka Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-48-29)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-48-29)
Teaching children Japanese dancing and singing to entertain the Issei in camp
Scrapbook (ddr-densho-361-1)
img Scrapbook (ddr-densho-361-1)
Written on tape on cover: "This scrapbook is original--1942 Nobuko Omoto (Sakai) Bainbridge Island, WA. Please handle with care."
Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-299-23)
vh Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-299-23)
Sneaking out of camp to go fishing

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Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Eva Koyama (ddr-one-5-67)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Santa Fe Detention Center. The envelope is postmarked August 30, 1943. Written in red pencil along the top of the envelope is “9/8-43.” On the left side of the envelope is a cartoon drawing of a yellow train with the words “United Nations” in blue on the side the ...
Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. Okine, June 28, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-82)
doc Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. Okine, June 28, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-82)
A letter from Makoto Okine in Lecce, Italy to his father, Seiichi Okine, in the Rohwer incarceration camp in Arkansas. It is mailed via New York by the US Army Postal Service. In the letter, Makoto assumes that not many people participate in the bonodori event in the camp this time because many of the young ...
Ruth Okuye Ihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-8)
doc Ruth Okuye Ihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-8)
Oral history interview with Ruth Okuye Ihara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_IHARA_RUTH
Granada Pioneer, Edition 2, Issue 20, January 8, 1944 (ddr-csujad-17-8)
doc Granada Pioneer, Edition 2, Issue 20, January 8, 1944 (ddr-csujad-17-8)
Newspaper published at the Granada incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: JARC_02-07_03
Desert Sentinel, Vol. I No. 3, December 24, 1942 (ddr-csujad-17-4)
doc Desert Sentinel, Vol. I No. 3, December 24, 1942 (ddr-csujad-17-4)
School newspaper published at the Gila River incarceration camp. Features and topics include a constitution and new principal for Butte High School; news of campus, sports, and social and holiday events; items about classes, students and teachers; and short prose and poetry pieces. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ...
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