Sports

Sports leagues were important institutions for Japanese Americans growing up on the West Coast. Both boys and girls played basketball, baseball and other sports. The traditional Japanese martial arts of judo and kendo were practiced as well. Baseball became the primary sport for young Japanese Americans who were often prohibited from playing in the white leagues. The highly competitive games in the all-Japanese American leagues built pride and a sense of community.

Community activities (563)
Recreational activities (406)
Sports (193)
Aikido (1)
Badminton (1)
Baseball (67)
Basketball (44)
Bowling (58)
Boxing (2)
Cycling
Fishing (45)
Football (30)
Golf (5)
Hanetsuki
Judo (8)
Kendo (3)
Soccer (1)
Softball (5)
Sumo (6)
Swimming (9)
Tennis (7)
Weight lifting
Wrestling (6)
Karate

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Joe Kobuki, Sports and recreation in camp

193 items
National basketball tournament (ddr-densho-114-9)
img National basketball tournament (ddr-densho-114-9)
In the late 1940s, Seattle hosted the National Oriental Basketball Tournament with teams competing from Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Illinois and Vancouver, BC. Games like this one were played at the Seattle University Gymnasium.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 8 (August 22, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 8 (August 22, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-33)
Selected article titles: "Foes of California English Initiative Form Coalition to Prevent Passage" (pp. 1, 8), "Japanese National Kept in Detention by Provision on McCarran-Walter Act" (pp. 1, 3), "President's Corner: Here's What We're Doing" (p. 5), and "U.S., Latin American Nikkei Athletes 'Go for the Gold' in Mexico Sportsfest" (pp. 6-7).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 17 (February 21, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-89)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 17 (February 21, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-89)
"Masaoka Calls on Christians to Help on Evacuation Issue" (pg. 1), "Tournament Schedule" (pg. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 28 (April 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-14)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 28 (April 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-14)
"This Is A Matter of Hitching in Japan, for Instance, One Must Marry Not Only to Eat But to Live" (p. 1), "National JACL Decides to Join With ACLU in Emilie Bouiss Case Set to be Held in Seattle Soon" (p. 1) "Hoshino KO's Rival in 4th in Isle Debut" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 19 (March 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-186)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 19 (March 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-186)
"Extension of War Brides' Act or GI Fiancees' Act Opposed by House Judiciary Members" (p. 1), "Here's How House Passed Judd ENI Bill; If Approved by Senate, It Could Mean Death of 1924 Oriental Exclusion Act" (p. 1).
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Polvos Pride (ddr-densho-234-2)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Polvos Pride (ddr-densho-234-2)
Caption on front: "POLVOS PRIDE; J. Kubuki up. STEPHEN H. 2nd. PINE BUR 3rd. Eureka, Calif. Sept. 25, 1941; 5 1/2 Fur. Time 1:08; C.E. Brown Jr. Owner & Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Movie Actor (ddr-densho-234-25)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Movie Actor (ddr-densho-234-25)
Caption on front: "MOVIE ACTOR; J. Kubuki up. BROWN LUCK 2nd. GEORGE BLANKET 3rd. Eureka, Calif. Sept. 24, 1941; 6 Fur. Time 1:15:1; Adams & Cole Owners H. Adams Tr."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Kriegsmann (ddr-densho-234-30)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Kriegsmann (ddr-densho-234-30)
Caption on front: "KRIEGSMANN; J. Kubuki up. DRUM MUSIC 2nd. OSADO 3rd. Fresno, Calif. Oct. 1, 1941; 5 1/2 Fur. Time 1:07:2; J.J. Millerick Owner T. Gorsky Tr."
Nisei baseball players (ddr-densho-259-539)
img Nisei baseball players (ddr-densho-259-539)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Ches [Tsuyoshi Yasui] in baseball shin guards, with other presumed baseball players. This may well have been part of the Nisei Athletic Club baseball team."
James Sakamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-3)
vh James Sakamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-3)
Prewar community activities: picnics, theater, baseball

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.

img "Steelhead from Green River, 1941" (ddr-densho-201-324)
Caption on front: "Steelhead [trout] from Green River, 1941."
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