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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Arts and crafts in camp, Music in camp

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Boy Scout troop (ddr-densho-160-72)
img Boy Scout troop (ddr-densho-160-72)
This is Troop 179's Drum and Bugle Corps from Los Angeles.
Japanese Americans playing cards (ddr-densho-188-17)
img Japanese Americans playing cards (ddr-densho-188-17)
Playing cards: Joe Ishida, Hank Yamashiro, Jack Hirose, Morgan Yamanaka, Tom Maruyama, Mike Yoshimine. Sleeping: Sam Kinoshita.
Takeharu Inouye Diary (ddr-densho-365-2)
doc Takeharu Inouye Diary (ddr-densho-365-2)
In the second diary he kept in the camp at Tule Lake, Takeharu Inouye recounts his struggles with education and the boredom resulting from few recreational opportunities. Though he participated in several baseball games with his classmates, Takeharu spent the majority of his free time attending the movie showings that occurred daily or weekly throughout the ...
Takeharu Inouye Diary (ddr-densho-365-3)
doc Takeharu Inouye Diary (ddr-densho-365-3)
In the final diary that Takeharu Inouye kept during his internment at Tule Lake, he includes descriptions of the movies he went to see daily, which served as his primary form of recreation. Takeharu also describes his feelings over succeeding and failing in his high school classes, since his friends would cheat off of his work, ...
Large group of men and women in front of a camp building (ddr-densho-362-29)
img Large group of men and women in front of a camp building (ddr-densho-362-29)
A large group of men and women gather in front of a building for a group photo. Japanese writing is on the front of the photograph.
Two Japanese American boys work on a project (ddr-densho-362-19)
img Two Japanese American boys work on a project (ddr-densho-362-19)
Tom Konishi works on cutting out a design on a machine with another young man.
Scrapbook (ddr-densho-361-1)
img Scrapbook (ddr-densho-361-1)
Written on tape on cover: "This scrapbook is original--1942 Nobuko Omoto (Sakai) Bainbridge Island, WA. Please handle with care."
Party invitation (ddr-densho-361-4)
img Party invitation (ddr-densho-361-4)
Handwritten invitation to the Bussei Installation social
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