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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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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.
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.
Group standing by a waterfall (ddr-densho-18-75)
img Group standing by a waterfall (ddr-densho-18-75)
Left to right: Reverend Takahashi, Reverend Tokemura, Reverend Tofuku, and Mrs. Tofuku.
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.
Girls at Japanese dance class (ddr-densho-34-159)
img Girls at Japanese dance class (ddr-densho-34-159)
Traditional Japanese dance lessons were taught to the girls in the community at the local Japanese Hall. Port Blakely is located on the southeast end of Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Gathering seaweed on the beach (ddr-densho-34-65)
img Gathering seaweed on the beach (ddr-densho-34-65)
Families harvest fresh seaweed for sushi at Pleasant Beach during a social gathering. An unknown game is in progress.
Seattle Buddhist Church picnic (ddr-densho-38-21)
img Seattle Buddhist Church picnic (ddr-densho-38-21)
Reverend Y. Shimizu issuing prizes at the Seattle Buddhist Church picnic. (Identification on front of the photograph.)
Seattle Buddhist Church picnic (ddr-densho-38-24)
img Seattle Buddhist Church picnic (ddr-densho-38-24)
Reverend Ishikawa playing a game at this picnic, which was held at Lincoln Park. (Identification on front of the photograph.)
Family digging clams on Puget Sound (ddr-densho-39-1)
img Family digging clams on Puget Sound (ddr-densho-39-1)
Clam digging was a favorite pastime for Seattle's Japanese American community. This is the Takakoshi family. Left to right: Fumiko, Sumijiro, Katsumi and Shizuko Takakoshi.
Seattle Buddhist Church picnic (ddr-densho-38-22)
img Seattle Buddhist Church picnic (ddr-densho-38-22)
This picnic was held at Lincoln Park. Back row (left to right): unidentified, Molly Fukutani, and Harue Mori. The child in front is unidentified.
Family on an outing (ddr-densho-107-11)
img Family on an outing (ddr-densho-107-11)
Visit to Hollywood Mountain. Left to right: Uncle Frank Matsumoto, Noboru (fourth son), Tsutomu (third son), Takeshi (second son), and Roy (eldest son). Tei Matsumoto, mother of all the children, standing behind children.
Family outing (ddr-densho-113-47)
img Family outing (ddr-densho-113-47)
This family is standing on the steps of the Seattle Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Second row, far left: Ayako Uyeda.
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