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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Two boys with a snow ball (ddr-fom-1-840)
img Two boys with a snow ball (ddr-fom-1-840)
WRA caption on reverse: "These two boys are rapidly developing a love for a sport which is entirely new to them-sledding." Left to right: Toshio Boi, Henry Kumasaka from Seattle, Washington.
Two boys sledding (ddr-fom-1-839)
img Two boys sledding (ddr-fom-1-839)
WRA caption on reverse: "These two boys are rapidly developing a love for a sport which is entirely new to them-sledding." Left to right: Toshio Boi, Henry Kumasaka from Seattle, Washington.
Two boys sledding (ddr-fom-1-838)
img Two boys sledding (ddr-fom-1-838)
WRA caption on reverse: "These two boys are rapidly developing a love for a sport which is entirely new to them-sledding." Left to right: Toshio Boi, Henry Kumasaka from Seattle, Washington.
The Minidoka swimming hole (ddr-fom-1-905)
img The Minidoka swimming hole (ddr-fom-1-905)
WRA caption on reverse: "Swimming hole located south of warehouse are adjacent to the North Side Irrigation Canal which may be seen at upper right. Water flows from canal into pool and back out again. The average depth of pool is 6 feet."
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