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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The Harmonaires (ddr-densho-280-8)
doc The Harmonaires (ddr-densho-280-8)
This document outlines the history of the musical group, "The Harmonaires," starting in 1939 and following them through the war. A complete list of musicians is included.
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 29 (September 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-35)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 29 (September 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-35)
Selected article titles: "8000 Attend Undokai; Ward VIII Wins Title" (pp. 1, 6), "First Escheat Action Filed in Orange County" (p. 1), and "WRA Policy on Eye Glass Indemnity Given" (p. 1).
Co-Op News, Vol II. No. 4 (September 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-14)
doc Co-Op News, Vol II. No. 4 (September 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-14)
Selected article titles: "24 Co-Op Workers to Transfer to Tule Lake" (p. 1), "Operating Statement for July Released" (p. 1), "Photo Studio to Close, Move to 2-12-EF" (p. 1).
Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 2 (May 27, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-2)
doc Co-Op News, Vol I. No. 2 (May 27, 1943) (ddr-densho-288-2)
Selected article titles: "When You Relocate - What About Your Money in the Co-Op?" (p. 1), "Questions and Answers" (p. 1), "Dust Storms" (p. 1).
Sweetheart Beauty Pageant winners (ddr-densho-10-5)
img Sweetheart Beauty Pageant winners (ddr-densho-10-5)
Finalists in the Minidoka concentration camp Sweetheart Beauty Pageant surround the winner. Left to right: Barbara Kurimura, Pauline Tamiyasu, Chizuko Hayashi, Kimi Takatsuka, Noble Kodama, Pearl Hirata, and Fumi Kinoshita. The Sweetheart Beauty Pageant began in the winter of 1943. The contest was designed to lighten the mood of the camp. Each block, or camp division, ...
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.