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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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An oral history with Susie Watamura (ddr-csujad-30-4)
av An oral history with Susie Watamura (ddr-csujad-30-4)
An oral interview with Susie Sakamoto, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0112. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2487_T01
An oral history with Clara D. Hayashi (ddr-csujad-30-2)
av An oral history with Clara D. Hayashi (ddr-csujad-30-2)
An oral interview with Clara D. Hayashi, an incarceree at the Children's Village. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at Manzanar Oral History Project by California, Fullerton. The transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0104. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2334_T01
An oral history with Takeshi Isozaki (ddr-csujad-30-3)
av An oral history with Takeshi Isozaki (ddr-csujad-30-3)
An oral interview with Takeshi Isozaki, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The transcript to this file is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0108. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2337_T01
An oral history with Sam Masami Tanaka (ddr-csujad-30-9)
av An oral history with Sam Masami Tanaka (ddr-csujad-30-9)
An oral interview with Sam Masami Tanaka, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0122. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2333.1_T01
An oral history with Lillian Matsumoto and Taeko Nagayama (ddr-csujad-30-14)
av An oral history with Lillian Matsumoto and Taeko Nagayama (ddr-csujad-30-14)
An oral interview with Lillian Matsumoto and Taeko Nagayama, incarcerees at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0132. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2494.2_T01
An oral history with Lillian Matsumoto and Taeko Nagayama (ddr-csujad-30-13)
av An oral history with Lillian Matsumoto and Taeko Nagayama (ddr-csujad-30-13)
An oral interview with Lillian Matsumoto and Taeko Nagayama, incarcerees at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0130. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2494.1_T01
An oral history with Takatow Matsuno (ddr-csujad-30-12)
av An oral history with Takatow Matsuno (ddr-csujad-30-12)
An oral interview with Takatow [Takato] Matsuno, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2339_T01
An oral history with Robert Yamashita (ddr-csujad-30-15)
av An oral history with Robert Yamashita (ddr-csujad-30-15)
An oral interview with Robert Yamashita, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0134. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3502_T01
Children sitting in front of floral background (ddr-csujad-32-16)
img Children sitting in front of floral background (ddr-csujad-32-16)
Photograph of two children with a floral background behind them, most likely for a play or event at the Minidoka incarceration camp. Photo featured on page 7 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001_008_026
Women at the Minidoka camp (ddr-csujad-32-30)
img Women at the Minidoka camp (ddr-csujad-32-30)
Photograph of two women standing outside a camp barrack. One of the women is Caucasian, probably a teacher, and wearing a kimono. The other is Japanese American and also wearing a kimono. She is possibly Madame Fujima Kansuma's dance student. Photo featured on page 16 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object …
Group of children at Minidoka incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-32-14)
img Group of children at Minidoka incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-32-14)
Group photograph of children at the Minidoka incarceration camp. Photo featured on page 7 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001_008_024
Group of male children on barrack stairs (ddr-csujad-32-19)
img Group of male children on barrack stairs (ddr-csujad-32-19)
Group photograph of male children standing on the stairs of Minidoka incarceration camp barrack. Photo featured on page 8 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001_009_029
Minidoka incarceration camp photograph album (ddr-csujad-32-1)
img Minidoka incarceration camp photograph album (ddr-csujad-32-1)
The photograph album contains 69 photographs from mostly the Minidoka incarceration camp. It may have been compiled by Lona Haug, vice-principal of the Blk 10 school at the Minidoka incarceration camp in 1943. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001
Group of female children on barrack stairs (ddr-csujad-32-17)
img Group of female children on barrack stairs (ddr-csujad-32-17)
Group photograph of female children standing on the stairs of barrack C-D at the Minidoka incarceration camp. Photo featured on page 7 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001_009_027
Woman in kimono (ddr-csujad-32-32)
img Woman in kimono (ddr-csujad-32-32)
Photograph of a woman wearing a kimono and holding an umbrella. She is possibly Madame Fujima Kansuma's dance student. Photo featured on page 17 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001_018_058
Two women, one woman wearing a kimono (ddr-csujad-32-31)
img Two women, one woman wearing a kimono (ddr-csujad-32-31)
Photograph of two women standing outside. One is Caucasian (possibly a teacher) and the other is Japanese American who is wearing a kimono and holding an umbrella. She is possibly Madame Fujima Kansuma's dance student. Photo featured on page 16 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities …
Woman wearing kimono (ddr-csujad-32-33)
img Woman wearing kimono (ddr-csujad-32-33)
Photograph of a woman wearing a kimono and holding an umbrella. She is possibly Madame Fujima Kansuma's dance student. Photo featured on page 17 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001_018_059
Group of children at Minidoka incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-32-15)
img Group of children at Minidoka incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-32-15)
Group photograph of children on risers, possibly for a play or event, at the Minidoka incarceration camp. Photo featured on page 7 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001_008_025
Group of male children on barrack stairs (ddr-csujad-32-18)
img Group of male children on barrack stairs (ddr-csujad-32-18)
Group photograph of male children standing on the stairs of Minidoka incarceration camp barrack. Photo featured on page 8 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001_009_028
Flag raising at Minidoka incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-32-26)
img Flag raising at Minidoka incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-32-26)
Group photograph of children watching a flag being raised at the Minidoka incarceration camp. Photo featured on page 12 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001_013_044
Woman wearing kimono (ddr-csujad-32-34)
img Woman wearing kimono (ddr-csujad-32-34)
Photograph of a Caucasian woman wearing a kimono. She is possibly a teacher. Photo featured on page 17 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001_018_060
Outdoor stage at the Gila River incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-42-223)
img Outdoor stage at the Gila River incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-42-223)
Photographed are audiences and an outdoor stage at the Gila River incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_02_06_005
Outdoor stage at the Gila River incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-42-221)
img Outdoor stage at the Gila River incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-42-221)
Photographed are audiences and an outdoor stage at the Gila River incarceration camp. The caption reads: Outdoor stage at the Gila River incarceration camp. Title from caption. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_02_06_003
Gila River Co-op workers' picnic (ddr-csujad-42-231)
img Gila River Co-op workers' picnic (ddr-csujad-42-231)
A group photo of the Gila River Co-op workers. It was taken during the picnic. The handwritten note on the back side reads: Co-op worker's picnic, Feb. 1944. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_02_07_001
Photograph of a group of people sitting on rocks in the Sierra Nevada (ddr-csujad-47-297)
img Photograph of a group of people sitting on rocks in the Sierra Nevada (ddr-csujad-47-297)
Photograph of a group of people sitting on rocks in the Sierra Nevada near the Manzanar incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0446
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