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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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Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-38)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-38)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including classes, class discussions, assignments, grades, exams, homework and studying, interclass sports, graduation, dances, and a carnival fundraiser for yearbook. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class assignment and collected …
Memorandum to Mr. E.R. Smith, Project Director from Morton J. Gaba, re: Community Activities Section report, July 21-August 21, 1942 (ddr-csujad-26-29)
doc Memorandum to Mr. E.R. Smith, Project Director from Morton J. Gaba, re: Community Activities Section report, July 21-August 21, 1942 (ddr-csujad-26-29)
Memo to camp director of the development of the Community Activities Section regarding the selection and development of staff; designing, building, and equipping of recreation halls and play fields; and the planning and initial development of program. Includes a list of activities with attendance counts. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Social groups: creative writers, Caucasian-Japanese relationship, Mr. Cook, leadership (ddr-csujad-26-12)
doc Social groups: creative writers, Caucasian-Japanese relationship, Mr. Cook, leadership (ddr-csujad-26-12)
Report on a creative writers group including establishment, membership, meetings, purpose, and leadership. The group gathered weekly to critique each other's work for submittal to the Tulean Dispatch and outside publications. Describes the involvement, influence, and eventual tension with Mr. Cook and the writers group as an example of a "Caucasian-Japanese relationship" in the camp. Report …
Chapter 11 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-36)
doc Chapter 11 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-36)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topic including a fundraising carnival, yearbooks, class subjects and discussions, sports, homework, books, and teachers. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were collected as part of a class assignment and used for the Japanese American …
On Castle Rock above the camp--facing Mt. Shasta (ddr-csujad-26-70)
img On Castle Rock above the camp--facing Mt. Shasta (ddr-csujad-26-70)
Photo of three Japanese Americans and four Caucasian people, including Robert Billigmeier, posing with snowballs and a dog. Caption on back of photograph reads, "On Castle Rock above the camp - facing Mt. Shasta." From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. Related photo in sequence ucsb_mei_0122. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
People posing in costume (ddr-csujad-26-141)
img People posing in costume (ddr-csujad-26-141)
People pose during what appears to be a costume party. Additional photos in sequence include: ucsb_mei_0080, ucsb_mei_0083, ucsb_mei_0088, ucsb_mei_0094. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_111
Recreational activities in the Gila community (ddr-csujad-26-28)
doc Recreational activities in the Gila community (ddr-csujad-26-28)
Report detailing the establishment of the Community Activities Department to organize sports, dances, a library, movies, talent shows, drama performances, and lectures by the National Park Service about the desert environs. Includes description of issues with the installation of organized recreation due to lack of funding and personnel issues. Report compiled as a portion of the …
Four men on a skiing trip (ddr-densho-15-18)
img Four men on a skiing trip (ddr-densho-15-18)
These skiers take time out for a roadside picnic. Left to right: Hiroshi Kanazawa, unidentified, Hiroshi Watanabe, and 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-15-15)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-15)
Masaharu Kuroiwa of Troop 55 cooking a meal during an excursion to Mount Rainier.
Salvation Army fresh air camp (ddr-densho-15-4)
img Salvation Army fresh air camp (ddr-densho-15-4)
Front (left to right): (first name unknown) Kinomoto, unidentified, Hiroo Yoshiro, unidentified, unidentified, unidentified, and (first name unknown) Miyauchi. Back: Raybo Obazawa, Stan Karikomi, Julius Fujihara, Hajime (last name unknown), Bob Nakasone, Nobi (?) Suyama, and Andy Shiga.
Community picnic (ddr-densho-13-4)
img Community picnic (ddr-densho-13-4)
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.
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.
Community picnic (ddr-densho-13-5)
img Community picnic (ddr-densho-13-5)
This is either a Japanese language school or kenjinkai picnic.
Footrace, community picnic (ddr-densho-13-8)
img Footrace, community picnic (ddr-densho-13-8)
This picnic was sponsored by either a Japanese language school or a kenjinkai.
Classical dance performance (ddr-densho-13-15)
img Classical dance performance (ddr-densho-13-15)
This dance performance took place at the Nippon Kan Theatre in Seattle's Nihonmachi (Japantown) area.
Children playing a game at a community picnic (ddr-densho-13-10)
img Children playing a game at a community picnic (ddr-densho-13-10)
This picnic was sponsored by either a Japanese language school or a kenjinkai.
Footrace, community picnic (ddr-densho-13-6)
img Footrace, community picnic (ddr-densho-13-6)
This picnic was sponsored by either a Japanese language school or a kenjinkai.
Issei men playing a game at a community picnic (ddr-densho-13-9)
img Issei men playing a game at a community picnic (ddr-densho-13-9)
This picnic was sponsored by either a Japanese language school or a kenjinkai.
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.
Skiing trip (ddr-densho-15-35)
img Skiing trip (ddr-densho-15-35)
Left to right: Norio Mitsuoka, Hiroshi Watanabe, Hiroshi Kanazawa, and Todd Fujihira enjoy spring skiing on Mount Baker.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-6)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-6)
Members of Boy Scout Troop 55, which was sponsored by the Japanese Methodist Church, camp out at Sand Island on the Cedar River. Front: Andy Shiga. Back (left to right): Hiroshi Watanabe, Hisaka Okamoto, and Hiroshi Kanazawa.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-11)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-11)
Boy Scout Troop 55, sponsored by Seattle's Japanese Methodist Church, on a camping trip. Left to right: Bill Yorozu, Masayoshi Uchimura, Hiroshi Watanabe, Hiroshi Kanazawa, and Norio Mitsuoka.
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