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.

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Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-3)
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Father's involvement in community activities: sumo wrestling

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.

James Sakamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-3)
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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.

Seichi Hayashida Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-14-11)
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Prewar Japanese American community activities: Courier baseball league
Frank S. Fujii Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-8-27)
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Postwar Japanese American community athletics

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Frank S. Fujii Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-8-7)
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Prewar Seattle community athletics

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Rae Takekawa Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-89-7)
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Baseball games in Eastside Seattle Japanese American community
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-139-6)
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Community events in the Yakima valley: church services, sports, and cultural groups
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-139-16)
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Social activities during high school years: Young People's Christian Association, sports
Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-76-7)
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Seinenkai, sports, and other Nisei social activities

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Jim Akutsu Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-2-10)
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Activities growing up; brother's career choices

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Ben Uyeno Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-100-12)
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Prewar activities for Nisei in Seattle, Courier baseball league
Fred Matsumura Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-46-1)
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Memories of growing up on Molokai, Hawaii: attending school, participating in sports

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Given the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were shorter in length than typical Densho interviews. Beverly Kashino, one of the interviewers, is Shiro …

Tad Sato Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-82-9)
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Memories of games and fundraisers for the Japanese Courier League

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

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