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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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Issei men playing a game at a community picnic (ddr-densho-13-7)
img Issei men playing a game at a community picnic (ddr-densho-13-7)
These Issei men appear to be competing over who can dress the fastest. This picnic was sponsored by either a Japanese language school or a kenjinkai.
Children playing a game at a community picnic (ddr-densho-13-12)
img Children playing a game at a community picnic (ddr-densho-13-12)
This picnic was sponsored by either a Japanese language school or a kenjinkai.
Community picnic (ddr-densho-13-5)
img Community picnic (ddr-densho-13-5)
This is either a Japanese language school or kenjinkai picnic.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-14)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-14)
Joe Fujii (front) and Sadao Baba (back to camera) rowing on Long Lake. The boy in back is unidentified.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-17)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-17)
Left to right: Sadao Baba, Hayao Yoda, Hisaka Okamoto, and Masaharu Kuroiwa.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-10)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-10)
Members of Troop 55, sponsored by the Japanese Methodist Church in Seattle, hike at Silver Creek. Left to right: Hiroshi Watanabe, Norio Mitsuoka, Bill Yorozu, Masayoshi Uchimura, and Hiroshi Kanazawa.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-1)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-1)
Bill Yorozu (left) and Hiroshi Watanabe, members of Boy Scout Troop 55, hike at Mission Lake.
Duck hunters (ddr-densho-15-30)
img Duck hunters (ddr-densho-15-30)
Takeo Dozen (left) and Norio Mitsuoka after a duck hunt.
Picnic at a park (ddr-densho-16-21)
img Picnic at a park (ddr-densho-16-21)
Women pictured in foreground (left to right): Ayako Murakami (in sunglasses), Matsuyo Murakami, Masako Murakami.
Kagoshima Kenjinkai picnic (ddr-densho-20-17)
img Kagoshima Kenjinkai picnic (ddr-densho-20-17)
This is a men's dance group. The headbands are inscribed with the Shimazu family crest.
Grocery store owners' picnic (ddr-densho-20-14)
img Grocery store owners' picnic (ddr-densho-20-14)
Japanese American grocers and their families gathered for this picnic at Jackson Park in Seattle, Washington. The picnic included dancing. Left to right: unidentified, Marianne Okawa, May Tsutsumoto, and unidentified.
Issei picnic (ddr-densho-20-10)
img Issei picnic (ddr-densho-20-10)
Yoshiro Okawa (second from left) and friends on a picnic.
Japanese American men (ddr-densho-26-114)
img Japanese American men (ddr-densho-26-114)
Japanese American men in forest with unconcerned deer.
Oregon Buddhist Church Talent Show (ddr-one-1-338)
img Oregon Buddhist Church Talent Show (ddr-one-1-338)
Five unidentified girls have their faces painted black and are dressed up in large white gloves and patched jeans. Appear to be performing a tap dance at the annual talent show hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple).
Dance (ddr-one-1-101)
img Dance (ddr-one-1-101)
Black and white photographic negative of a room full of unidentified couples dancing together at an informal dance.
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Balloon Darts (ddr-one-1-90)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Balloon Darts (ddr-one-1-90)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). Group of men watch an unidentified Issei throw a dart. Identified on the far left hand side is Walt Asakawa, sitting behind the dart thrower is Mr. Murahashi, standing on the far right wearing ...
Dance (ddr-one-1-104)
img Dance (ddr-one-1-104)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified couples sitting along a wall at a dance. Second person sitting on the bench from the left is Ruby (Takashima) Sumino, two from her is James "Jim" Kasuo "Kaz" Tsujimura.
Dance (ddr-one-1-98)
img Dance (ddr-one-1-98)
Black and white photographic negative of two unidentified couples dancing together at an informal dance, possibly a Sorelles (a high school social group) event.
Dance (ddr-one-1-99)
img Dance (ddr-one-1-99)
Black and white photographic negative of three unidentified couples dancing together at an informal dance, possibly a Sorelles (a high school social group) event.
Dance (ddr-one-1-102)
img Dance (ddr-one-1-102)
Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified couple sitting at a table in semi-formal attire possibly manning the coat check.
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-87)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-87)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). People sitting and playing bingo, watchers stand behind. Sitting left to right: Henry "Wimpy" Kawata, George Kasahara, Terry Mishiro, Diane (Ando) Harder, Minoru "Bob" Ando, unidentified woman, Betty (Hiuga) Nishimura, Tomo Saito, Fumi (Nunotani) ...
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