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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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Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-165-15)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-165-15)
Activities in camp: acting in plays with a theater group, participating in a writers' group
Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-299-23)
vh Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-299-23)
Sneaking out of camp to go fishing

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Clara S. Hattori Interview II Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-427-13)
vh Clara S. Hattori Interview II Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-427-13)
Daily life in camp: making furniture, setting up recreational activities
Bill Hiroshi Shishima Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-393-12)
vh Bill Hiroshi Shishima Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-393-12)
Joining the Boy Scouts in camp

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Mas Okui Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1003-13-19)
vh Mas Okui Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1003-13-19)
Leaving camp to go fishing

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