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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Report on Advisory Board Meeting (ddr-densho-356-833)
doc Report on Advisory Board Meeting (ddr-densho-356-833)
Meeting minutes and report from the advisory board meeting.
Monthly Report on Topaz Boy Scouts (ddr-densho-356-901)
doc Monthly Report on Topaz Boy Scouts (ddr-densho-356-901)
Monthly Report on Topaz Boy Scouts for the month of March. Includes scout activities, and issues the troop faces due to circumstances.
YWCA Conference tag (ddr-densho-356-826)
doc YWCA Conference tag (ddr-densho-356-826)
YWCA Conference tag identifying Yuriko Domoto as a member of the Amache YWCA.
Letters to Yuri Domoto from Kayoko Riusaki and Sonoko Riusaki (ddr-densho-356-342)
doc Letters to Yuri Domoto from Kayoko Riusaki and Sonoko Riusaki (ddr-densho-356-342)
Two letters to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada mailed together, one from her niece Kayoko Riusaki and one from her sister Sonoko Domoto Riusaki. In the first letter Kayoko tells about joining the girl scouts, a cancelled scouting trip, and preparations on starting the 5th grade. In the second letter Sonoko writes about life in Gila River, being …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-254)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-254)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he details his thoughts and feelings about recent news of governmental attempts to bar Japanese Americans from returning to the West Coast and the recent rulings in EO9066 test cases. He then continues the letter by describing a recent carnival near the base and movies he …
Amache YWCA Advisory Board Meeting Minutes (ddr-densho-356-831)
doc Amache YWCA Advisory Board Meeting Minutes (ddr-densho-356-831)
Minutes from the Amache YWCA's Advisory Board Meeting on June 26, 1943. This meeting covered reports on Hospitality House activities, conferences, harvest camp, carnival, and financials. It also covered business on staff, membership forms, blue star mothers, selection of chairman and officers, and the next meeting date.
Report of Advisory Board Meeting (ddr-densho-356-834)
doc Report of Advisory Board Meeting (ddr-densho-356-834)
Meeting minutes and report from the advisory board meeting.
Program for Amache YWCA Rally (ddr-densho-356-828)
doc Program for Amache YWCA Rally (ddr-densho-356-828)
Program for the Amache YWCA Rally on November 14, 1942.
Amache YWCA Staff and Committee list and letter to Yuriko Domoto from Alice Suzuki (ddr-densho-356-829)
doc Amache YWCA Staff and Committee list and letter to Yuriko Domoto from Alice Suzuki (ddr-densho-356-829)
Amache YWCA staff and committee list that was attached to a letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Alice Suzuki asking for Yuri to participate in the organization of a YWCA Board.
Amache YWCA Meeting Agenda (ddr-densho-356-827)
doc Amache YWCA Meeting Agenda (ddr-densho-356-827)
Amache YWCA Meeting Agenda for meeting on October 29, 1942. Topics include: YWCA activities prior to relocation, Amache YWCA, suggestions and discussion.
Letter to Dorothy Takechi from Florence Hellman regarding Tolan Committee report and other secondary sources (ddr-densho-356-835)
doc Letter to Dorothy Takechi from Florence Hellman regarding Tolan Committee report and other secondary sources (ddr-densho-356-835)
Letter to Dorothy Takechi, Chairman of the Amache Young Women's Christian Association from Florence Hellman, Chief Bibliography and Librarian at the Library of Congress. The letter is in response to an inquiry about procuring copy(s) of the Tolan Committee report(s). The letter provides full titles and pricing for copies of the hearings and reports and provides …
Program from
doc Program from "Better Citizens in a Better Community: A Conference Community Improvement" (ddr-densho-356-1033)
Program for "Better Citizens in a Better Community: A Conference Community Improvement" Sponsored by the Amache Coordinating Council.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Hana Uno (ddr-densho-356-832)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Hana Uno (ddr-densho-356-832)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Hana Uno requesting Yuri's presence at the upcoming YWCA meeting on November 16th.
Invitation to a barbecue at Amache (ddr-densho-356-169)
doc Invitation to a barbecue at Amache (ddr-densho-356-169)
Invitation to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada to attend a barbecue at Amache.
Agenda and minutes from the Coordinating Council Conference (ddr-densho-356-891)
doc Agenda and minutes from the Coordinating Council Conference (ddr-densho-356-891)
Agenda and minutes from the Coordinating Council Conference on March 13, 1943. Conference included sessions on: What are the elements of a good community, concrete examples of good community thinking and planning, how can we achieve a good community in Amache, Environment, Character-Building, Research-Adjustment, Resettlement
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from William Koyama (ddr-one-5-21)
The letter is written on thin paper and possibly missing pages, dated July 21, 1942. William writes to his father about his current classes, describing his Boy Scout troop and his changing weight. He asks after his father's health and the entertainment as his camp.
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from his daughter Miriam Kiyo Koyama (ddr-one-5-16)
Letter dated June 21, 1942, from Miriam Kiyo Koyama to her father Kei Koyama. She wishes him a happy Father's Day, tells him that she joined 4H, and hopes that next year they will be together for Father's Day.
Minidoka Classmates (ddr-one-5-68)
img Minidoka Classmates (ddr-one-5-68)
Black and white photographic print of 11 girls standing outside a barrack at Minidoka posing for a picture. Three girls in the foreground are holding books.
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Eva Koyama (ddr-one-5-67)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Santa Fe Detention Center. The envelope is postmarked August 30, 1943. Written in red pencil along the top of the envelope is “9/8-43.” On the left side of the envelope is a cartoon drawing of a yellow train with the words “United Nations” in blue on the side the …
Mary Nomura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-7-7)
vh Mary Nomura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-7-7)
Establishing extracurricular groups in camp, singing in programs
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