Food

The eating facilities in the camps were large mess halls with long lines and crowded tables. Group living tended to erode family solidarity, as teenagers escaped parental authority by eating with friends rather than family. The quality of the food was poor and milk and fresh meat were constantly in short supply. Inexpensive foods such as wieners, dried fish, pancakes, macaroni and pickled vegetables were served often. The diets of the camp inmates improved only after they began growing some of their own food.

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Farewell Dinner (ddr-hmwf-1-554)
img Farewell Dinner (ddr-hmwf-1-554)
"29-6-F, Jan 12 1945" as described on back, Farewell Dinner Shrimp Tempura-Abalone, Jim Yonemura, Masao Terakami, Okumoto, Ito, Harold Matsumoto, Tom Noritake, Mrs. Yoshiko Terakami
Mess Crew (ddr-hmwf-1-139)
img Mess Crew (ddr-hmwf-1-139)
"Mess 29-27, drying crew, heart mt, wyo, april 24 1943" as described on back, 1 sec f9
Postcard to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (September 28, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-11)
doc Postcard to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (September 28, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-11)
Postcard to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (September 28, 1942). It is postmarked October 1, 1942 from the Granada (Amache) Incarceration Camp in Amache, Colorado.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (August 30, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-63)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (August 30, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-63)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (August 30, 1942). Envelope is postmarked August 31, 1942 from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
Japanese Americans eating in mess hall (ddr-densho-151-66)
img Japanese Americans eating in mess hall (ddr-densho-151-66)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Mealtime in one of the messhalls at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Frank Isamu Kikuchi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-manz-1-5-10)
vh Frank Isamu Kikuchi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-manz-1-5-10)
Description of food in camp: "wholesome and adequate," but "awfully boring"
Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 57 (ddr-densho-1000-118-57)
vh Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 57 (ddr-densho-1000-118-57)
Meals and mess halls: "there was a line for everything"

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.

Hand over garden (ddr-densho-242-20)
img Hand over garden (ddr-densho-242-20)
Caption on front: "My V garden in v.g. Area The hand of Mike Aug. 1944."
Dinner was served (ddr-densho-253-6)
img Dinner was served (ddr-densho-253-6)
Caption: "Dinner was served - and consumed standing up owing to lack of tables and chairs. Camp steward Arthur Hirano, former New York restauranteur. His first menu consisted of beef stew, steamed rice, string beans, peas, apricots, bread and jelly. His customers were appreciative."
Packing mess hall dishes (ddr-densho-37-620)
img Packing mess hall dishes (ddr-densho-37-620)
Original WRA caption: Closing of the Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas. Dishes from the center's thirty-three mess halls were carefully packed in straw and put in G.I. cans ready for shipment. Angelo Girardo of the Denver Office is shown supervising the work.
Camp kitchen crew (ddr-densho-37-619)
img Camp kitchen crew (ddr-densho-37-619)
Original WRA caption: Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas. The Block 7 kitchen crew pauses for a picture in the early afternoon.
Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-156)
img Japanese Americans making tofu (ddr-densho-37-156)
Original WRA caption: The cooked beans are poured into a fine-meshed sack and water is added. Squeezing the sack the fiberous substance is held back and the rest of the precipitate is squeezed into a barrel. Into this strained mash or curd, brine is added to cause it to precipitate. This factory is operated by the ...
Japanese Americans waiting in line for mess hall (ddr-densho-37-812)
img Japanese Americans waiting in line for mess hall (ddr-densho-37-812)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Ready to pass into dining room at Manzanar, a War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 20 (May 18, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-69)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 20 (May 18, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-69)
Selected article titles: "New Acts of Terrorism Are Disclosed by WRA" (p. 2), "Sugar Allotment Cut Announced" (p. 2), "New Steps Assist House Hunters" (p. 3), and "Employment in April Shows Slight Increase" (p. 4). Page 1 of the edition is missing.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 19 (May 11, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-68)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 19 (May 11, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-68)
Selected article titles: "Treasury Department Move Aids Resettlers" (pp. 1-2), "Action Taken on Casualty List Schemes" (p. 2), and "Philadelphia: Teamsters Union Admits Japanese" (p. 3).
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Mary Murakami (December 25, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-32)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Mary Murakami (December 25, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-32)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Mary Murakami (December 25, 1942). Envelope is postmarked December 20, 1942 from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
View of Camp (ddr-hmwf-1-233)
img View of Camp (ddr-hmwf-1-233)
"A View of the hospital complex with chimney"
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