Social and recreational activities

Japanese Americans found ways to fill the long days created by the enforced idleness of camp life. They made jewelry from shells found in the desert, built furniture for their rooms using scrap lumber and renovated the exteriors of their barracks. People also played cards, chess, checkers, mahjongg, and the Japanese games 'go' and 'shogi.' Camp inmates held dances, concerts, plays, and arts and crafts exhibitions. In Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, they even held a beauty contest to select the "Sweetheart of Minidoka."

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Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Arts and crafts in camp, Music in camp

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Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-501)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-501)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, two young women standing beside large snowman
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
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-539)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-539)
"June 24-1944" as described on back, group of women and children sitting around having snacks and drinks
Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-4)
img Picnic-Shoshone River (ddr-hmwf-1-4)
"Picnic on Shoshone River-May 28th, 1944" as described on back "Verichrome-Super Ikonta B
Children working (ddr-hmwf-1-279)
img Children working (ddr-hmwf-1-279)
"2 children working on cleaning shoes on front steps"
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-256)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-256)
"Ono, Aug 10 1944" as described on back, young boy in bicycle, f12.7 1/50 G3 PlusX, DK20-30' D76-10'
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-528)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-528)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-101)
img Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-101)
"Vocation Depot, Nov 6-1944" as described on back
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-454)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-454)
"Oki's 24-2-F, l11 f6.3 1/25 sec., 6:30 pm, June 20-1943, SuperXX DK 20-30min" as described on back, two women and man sitting on steps outside barracks
Children Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-431)
img Children Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-431)
"Dr. K Kawahara 24-24-E, Jan 13 1945, Flash f8 1/100 Verichrome D76-22' " as described on back, four children posing together for picture
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-537)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-537)
"June 24-1944" as described on back, group of women and children sitting around having snacks and drinks
Men Playing Game (ddr-hmwf-1-485)
img Men Playing Game (ddr-hmwf-1-485)
"Mah Jong 29-6-F, Jan 13-1945, Flash f8 1/100 Verichrome, D76 22' "as described on back, 3 men playing mah jong
Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-273)
img Birthday Party (ddr-hmwf-1-273)
"Isao Nakaishi Birthday Party 29-24-D, Aug 31 1944" as described on back, flood f11 1/50 Verichrome
Men Sitting (ddr-hmwf-1-520)
img Men Sitting (ddr-hmwf-1-520)
"Terakami, Matsumoto, 29-6-D, Nov. 27 1943, l4 f5.6 1/2, PlusX DK20-35min D76-10min, En 1 #4 30" as described on back, two men sitting on sofa in barracks room
Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-107)
img Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-107)
"Vocation Depot, Nov 6-1944" as described on back, Men standing around talking
Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-247)
img Boy posing (ddr-hmwf-1-247)
"Nellie Yamamoto's baby Arthur Jr. 29-3-CD, Dec 19, 1944" as described on back, f5.6 1/10 Verichrome D76-45'
Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-109)
img Vocation Depot (ddr-hmwf-1-109)
"Nov. 6-1944" 2 men posing in front of Vocation Depot
Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-604)
img Women Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-604)
Group of women sitting on a rock beside stream
Woman and Child (ddr-hmwf-1-445)
img Woman and Child (ddr-hmwf-1-445)
"May Harada request, 9/25/1943" as described on back, young woman and child together
Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-487)
img Snowman (ddr-hmwf-1-487)
"Nov-22 1944" as described on back, young woman standing beside large snowman
Young women posing (ddr-hmwf-1-420)
img Young women posing (ddr-hmwf-1-420)
"Mityie" as described on back, 3 young women posing together along railing
Men Playing Game (ddr-hmwf-1-518)
img Men Playing Game (ddr-hmwf-1-518)
Two men outside of barracks playing board game together
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-441)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-441)
"Kuwahara-Kumamoto-Suski group, June 28-1944, f16 1/50 G3 Superpan Press D76-40' Kodabromide G3" as described on back, group posing together with hospital chimney in background
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