Recreational activities

Japanese American communities organized group social activities such as family picnics and outings to the beach or to parks when the demands of work allowed. These activities gave hardworking families the chance to spend leisure time with their friends and neighbors.

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[Snake charming] (ddr-csujad-56-224)
img [Snake charming] (ddr-csujad-56-224)
Cowl and Masaji sit on the ground at Camp Amache, one holding a snake and the other wearing a turban and playing a wooden flute. Page 10 of Kawase Family Photo Album, Book Two. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-03-033
[Dance] (ddr-csujad-56-159)
img [Dance] (ddr-csujad-56-159)
Young Japanese Americans dancing together at a camp dance. Photo provided by Tak Kameoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-02-026
Issei couple holding fish (ddr-densho-2-32)
img Issei couple holding fish (ddr-densho-2-32)
Kumataro (left) and Kadju Nishimura holding perch and rock cod caught near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington.
Family and friend at the beach (ddr-densho-2-31)
img Family and friend at the beach (ddr-densho-2-31)
Left to right: Patsy Yorita, Peggie Yorita, and Emily Nishimura holding Jimmie Yorita at Des Moines beach.
Three children holding perch (ddr-densho-2-13)
img Three children holding perch (ddr-densho-2-13)
Patsy (left) and Jimmie Yorita (right) hold perch they have just caught with their neighbor.
Children at the beach (ddr-densho-2-25)
img Children at the beach (ddr-densho-2-25)
Left to right: Emily Nishimura, Tom Nishimura, Ben Yorita, Rosemary Yorita holding Jimmie Nishimura, Tsune Yorita, and Hanni Nishimura.
Issei on Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-124-9)
img Issei on Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-124-9)
Two Issei men near Gibraltar Rock on Mt. Rainier.
Hiking on Mt. Baker (ddr-densho-124-26)
img Hiking on Mt. Baker (ddr-densho-124-26)
These Issei are carving their names into a tree on Mt. Baker.
Hiking on Mt. Hood (ddr-densho-124-22)
img Hiking on Mt. Hood (ddr-densho-124-22)
Raisuke Tamura (right) stands near a crevasse on Mt. Hood with the reknowned Japanese alpinist and writer Kojima Usui.
Hiking on Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-124-4)
img Hiking on Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-124-4)
Two Issei stand at Paradise Valley on Mt. Rainier. (L to R): unidentified, Raisuke Tamura.
Issei at a picnic (ddr-densho-124-21)
img Issei at a picnic (ddr-densho-124-21)
(L to R): Kato, Tanaka, unidentified, unidentified, Yamaguchi, Tamura, Ueoka (or Kamioka), unidentified, Fujiwara, unidentified, unidentified, Suzuki, unidentified, unidentified, Tamura, Henry, Imamura, Hayashida, Hino.
Issei friends at a picnic (ddr-densho-124-12)
img Issei friends at a picnic (ddr-densho-124-12)
These Issei are having a picnic at Alki Point in Seattle. (L to R): Mrs. Yamaguchi, Kamioka (or Ueoka), Yamaguchi, Suzuki, Yamada, Tamura.
Issei at pool hall (ddr-densho-124-19)
img Issei at pool hall (ddr-densho-124-19)
(L to R): Nakazato, unidentified, Tamura, Tanaka, unidentified, Hino, Yamashita, Hayashida.
Tsutakawa Company camping trip (ddr-densho-128-115)
img Tsutakawa Company camping trip (ddr-densho-128-115)
Front row (L to R): Marion Tsutakawa, Frank Kubo, Jim Tsutakawa, J.K. Saoka, George Tsutakawa, Mr. Baba, J. Shima. Second row (L to R): Bob, Mrs. Tsutakawa, Dick, Mr. Y. Shimada. Front row (L to R): Thomas, Mr. Y. Omi (?), Kumako.
Lotus group camping trip (ddr-densho-128-4)
img Lotus group camping trip (ddr-densho-128-4)
Lotus group members on camping trip at North Beach in Seattle. Lotus was an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church.