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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."

World War II (54)
Concentration camps (556)
Social and recreational activities (642)

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Arts and crafts in camp, Music in camp

642 items
An oral history with Atsufumi Archie Miyatake (ddr-csujad-29-65)
vh An oral history with Atsufumi Archie Miyatake (ddr-csujad-29-65)
An oral interview with Archie Miyatake, the son of Toyo Miyatake. Like his father, he was a photographer who took pictures of incarcerated Japanese Americans who were forced into camps during World War II. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0162. ...
An oral history with Sam Masami Tanaka (ddr-csujad-30-10)
av An oral history with Sam Masami Tanaka (ddr-csujad-30-10)
An oral interview with Sam Masami Tanaka, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0124. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2333.2_T01
An oral history with Mitsuru Yamasaki (ddr-csujad-30-16)
av An oral history with Mitsuru Yamasaki (ddr-csujad-30-16)
An oral interview with Mitsuru Yamasaki, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0136. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3592_T01
An oral history with Celeste Teodor (ddr-csujad-30-19)
vh An oral history with Celeste Teodor (ddr-csujad-30-19)
An oral interview with Celeste Teodor, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0138. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3776_T01
An oral history with Wilma Stuart (ddr-csujad-30-5)
av An oral history with Wilma Stuart (ddr-csujad-30-5)
An oral history with Wilma Stuart, a foster mother to Japanese children following their time at the Children's Village orphange. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at Manazanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0114. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization ...
An oral history with Tamotsu Isozaki (ddr-csujad-30-1)
av An oral history with Tamotsu Isozaki (ddr-csujad-30-1)
An oral history with Tamotsu Isozaki, an incarceree at the Children's Village. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The full transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0102. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2332_T01
An oral history with Ronald Kawamoto (ddr-csujad-30-7)
av An oral history with Ronald Kawamoto (ddr-csujad-30-7)
An oral interview with Ronald Kawamoto, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The transcript is found in item:csufccop_cvm_0118. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3591_T01
An oral history with Ira Iwata (ddr-csujad-30-8)
av An oral history with Ira Iwata (ddr-csujad-30-8)
An oral interview with Ira Iwata, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0120. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3775_T01
An oral history with Herbert Takashi Suyumatsu (ddr-csujad-30-11)
av An oral history with Herbert Takashi Suyumatsu (ddr-csujad-30-11)
An oral interview with Herbert Takashi Suyematsu, an incarceree at the Children's Village orphanage. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at the Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_cvm_0126. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2336_T01
An oral history with Dennis Tojo Bambauer (ddr-csujad-30-17)
vh An oral history with Dennis Tojo Bambauer (ddr-csujad-30-17)
An oral interview with Dennis Tojo Bambauer, an incarceree at the Children's Village. The interview was conducted for the Children's Village at Manzanar Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The transcript is found in item csufccop_cvm_0106. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2335_T01
Japanese Americans at Shoshone Falls (ddr-densho-15-68)
img Japanese Americans at Shoshone Falls (ddr-densho-15-68)
Shoshone Falls was an easy day trip for Japanese Americans from the Minidoka concentration camp. Camp inmates were allowed to leave Minidoka on short excursions with approval from camp administrators. Left to right: unidentified, unidentified, Ted Kamada, and Yoneko Tanaka.
Japanese Americans at Shoshone Falls (ddr-densho-15-64)
img Japanese Americans at Shoshone Falls (ddr-densho-15-64)
Japanese Americans from the Minidoka concentration camp visit Shoshone Falls. This area was a popular destination for camp inmates on a day pass. Left to right: Yoneko Tanaka, Fusako Shimizu, Ayako (last name unknown), and Lily Hori.
Japanese Americans at a picnic (ddr-densho-15-78)
img Japanese Americans at a picnic (ddr-densho-15-78)
Left to right: Tak Hori, unidentified, and Robert Ikeda.
Japanese Americans playing cards at the fire station (ddr-densho-15-59)
img Japanese Americans playing cards at the fire station (ddr-densho-15-59)
This is the interior of Fire Station Number 1. Left to right: (first name unknown) Hikida, unidentified, Yoshio Akada, and Mr. Sano. The fire station was one of the few buildings with a refrigerator. Mr. Sano owned the bathhouse underneath the Panama Hotel in Seattle, Washington, before World War II.
Japanese Americans at a picnic (ddr-densho-15-81)
img Japanese Americans at a picnic (ddr-densho-15-81)
This picnic may have taken place at a local Japanese American farm.
Minidoka camp queen and her court (ddr-densho-2-34)
img Minidoka camp queen and her court (ddr-densho-2-34)
Minidoka concentration camp queen and her court. Left to right: Unidentified, Aiko Heyamoto, Grace Kawata, unidentified, and Ann Nakamura.
Japanese Americans digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-48)
img Japanese Americans digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-48)
Left to right: Peggie Yorita, Margaret Frost (wife of one of the camp's teachers), Kumataro Nishimura, and his wife, Kadju, dig and sift for shells at the Tule Lake concentration camp. Kumataro made the sieve by hand from scrap lumber and wire from a door screen. The shells were bleached and used for jewelry-making, which was ...
Minidoka Matinee Orchestra (ddr-densho-2-36)
img Minidoka Matinee Orchestra (ddr-densho-2-36)
Left to right: Joe Owaki (drums), Hiro Nishimoto (MC), Dorrie Abe (piano), Ted Shimano (orchestra conductor), Amy Iguchi (clarinet), Yosh Ogata (saxophone), George Kaku (violin), and Sally Makishima (violin). The residents of the Minidoka concentration camp formed numerous musical ensembles to pass the time. Orchestras, bands, and choirs frequently staged performances for entertainment.
Japanese American weightlifter (ddr-densho-2-66)
img Japanese American weightlifter (ddr-densho-2-66)
Kaz Tsujikawa lifts weights as his friends look on.
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