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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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Frank Kitamoto Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-35-18)
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Childhood activities in camp: a network of tunnels in which to play
Sue Takimoto Okabe Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-74-6)
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Memories of Minidoka, and traveling outside the barbed wire to perform in nearby towns
George Yoshida Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-132-30)
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Enjoying playing in the Music Makers, Poston's dance band: "We played more for ourselves than for the entertainment of others"
Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-294-21)
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Sneaking out of camp to hike in the hills outside

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Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 52 (ddr-densho-1000-118-52)
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Hobbies at Pinedale Assembly Center; making jewelry out of shells, sewing

During this interview, Mrs. Kurosu alternately speaks in both English and Japanese. As a result, the English translation of the transcript contains [Jpn.] and [Eng.], which indicate whether the original dialogue was spoken in Japanese or English.

George Yoshida Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-132-29)
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Helping to organize a dance band in camp, rehearsing evenings and weekends
Shig Yabu Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-272-17)
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Leaving camp to go hiking

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Louise Kashino Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-31-17)
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Social activities for teenagers in camp

For the first hour of this interview, an additional camera crew from KCTS Television was also present.

Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-273-18)
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Working for the recreation department, planning activities for kids

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Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-289-13)
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Remembering music in camp with Louis Frizzell

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Bill Hiroshi Shishima Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-393-12)
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Joining the Boy Scouts in camp

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