Sports

Sports were a major form of recreation for the Issei and Nisei in the camps. Baseball became the preferred sport for both, although basketball and football were also popular among the Nisei. Organized teams, often consisting of friends from prewar neighborhoods, played each other in highly competitive matches. Other sports, like ping-pong, judo, boxing, badminton, and sumo wrestling were also popular pastimes.

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Concentration camps (592)
Sports (269)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Manzanar Committee, Sports and recreation in camp

269 items
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-511)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-511)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-529)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-529)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game beside barracks
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-535)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-535)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing games around barracks
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-530)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-530)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-533)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-533)
"Verichrome SuperIkontaB, April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing and jumping rope between barracks
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-527)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-527)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game beside barracks
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-528)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-528)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Team Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-611)
img Team Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-611)
"May 1944" as described on back, girls' team posing together
Baseball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-513)
img Baseball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-513)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing baseball near barracks and coal pile
Team Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-608)
img Team Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-608)
"May 1944" as described on back, girls' team posing together
Team Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-610)
img Team Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-610)
"May 1944" as described on back, girls' team posing together
Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-393)
img Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-393)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Baseball is the most popular recreation at this War Relocation Authority center with 80 teams having been formed throughout the Center. Most of the playing is done between the barrack blocks.
Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-394)
img Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-394)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Baseball players in a huddle. This game is very popular with 80 teams having been formed to date. Most of the playing is done in the wide firebreak between blocks of barracks.
Letter to a Nisei man from his brother (ddr-densho-153-57)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his brother (ddr-densho-153-57)
Excerpt: "Sorry I haven't written in such a long time, but since I am involved in school politics along with 5 solids, it keeps me pretty well occupied." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, to Chicago, Illinois.
Girls basketball team (ddr-densho-159-253)
img Girls basketball team (ddr-densho-159-253)
Front (L to R): Amy Miyano, Hiroko Kashiwabara, Margaret Morita, Mazie Asakawa. Back row, left: Teruko Miyano. Back row, right: Rose Morita.
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