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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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Social and recreational activities (711)

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Shig Yabu Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1011-10-7)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1011-10-7)
Participating in Boy Scouts in camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Shig Yabu Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-10-4)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-10-4)
Recreational activities in camp

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Shig Yabu Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1011-10-11)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1011-10-11)
Adopting a pet bird in camp

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Shig Yabu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-10-5)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-10-5)
Movies and sports in camp

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Bill Shishima Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-1-5)
vh Bill Shishima Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-1-5)
Participating in Boy Scout activities in camp

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Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1011-7-6)
vh Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1011-7-6)
Visiting Yellowstone National Park on a Boy Scout trip

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Roy Doi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-5-4)
vh Roy Doi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-5-4)
Recreational activities in camp

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Kazuo Shiroyama Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1011-6-6)
vh Kazuo Shiroyama Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1011-6-6)
Participating in the Boy Scouts in camp

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Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1005-1-20)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1005-1-20)
Passing time in camp: crafts, gardening

Eiichi Edward Sakauye shot footage of the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, from 1943-1945, on 8 mm film. This interview is of Mr. Sakauye providing voice-over descriptions for his original footage.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1005-1-16)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1005-1-16)
Activities in camp: gardening, baseball

Eiichi Edward Sakauye shot footage of the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, from 1943-1945, on 8 mm film. This interview is of Mr. Sakauye providing voice-over descriptions for his original footage.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1005-1-8)
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Cultivating a flower garden

Eiichi Edward Sakauye shot footage of the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, from 1943-1945, on 8 mm film. This interview is of Mr. Sakauye providing voice-over descriptions for his original footage.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1005-1-23)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1005-1-23)
Cultural performances in camp

Eiichi Edward Sakauye shot footage of the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, from 1943-1945, on 8 mm film. This interview is of Mr. Sakauye providing voice-over descriptions for his original footage.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1005-1-3)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1005-1-3)
Homemade ice skating rink in camp

Eiichi Edward Sakauye shot footage of the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, from 1943-1945, on 8 mm film. This interview is of Mr. Sakauye providing voice-over descriptions for his original footage.

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1002-4-12)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1002-4-12)
An opportunity to leave camp for a day to perform onstage for a local high school and Lions Club

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the …

Eiko Shibayama Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1001-14-11)
vh Eiko Shibayama Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1001-14-11)
Recreational activities in camp: swimming, movies, birthday parties
Michiko Amatatsu Noritake Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-4-7)
vh Michiko Amatatsu Noritake Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-4-7)
Memories of Manzanar: working in the nursery, recreational activities
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-60-1)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-60-1)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, …
An oral history with Frank S. Emi - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-68-1)
vh An oral history with Frank S. Emi - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-68-1)
An oral interview with Frank S. Emi, civil rights activist and leading figure of the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Audio is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0169. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3734_F01
An oral history with Joe Yamakido - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-67-1)
vh An oral history with Joe Yamakido - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-67-1)
An oral interview with Joe Yamakido, an incarceree at the Santa Anita Assembly Center and the Jerome incarceration camp. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0168. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3733_T01
An oral history with Togo Tanaka - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-62-1)
vh An oral history with Togo Tanaka - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-62-1)
An oral interview with Togo Tanaka, newspaper editor, documentary historian, and businessman who was incarcerated at the Manzanar camp. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcription is found in the item: csufccop_jaoh_0104. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1271.3_T01
An oral history with Sue Kunitomi Embrey - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-64-1)
vh An oral history with Sue Kunitomi Embrey - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-64-1)
An oral interview with Sue Kunitomi Embrey, an activist, educator, writer and longtime chair of the Manzanar Committee. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcription is found in the item: csufccop_jaoh_0140. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2426_T01
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