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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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Photograph of seven men next to Pleasure Park pond at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-80)
img Photograph of seven men next to Pleasure Park pond at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-80)
Photograph of seven men arranged around the waterfall feature of the pond at Pleasure/ Merritt Park at Manzanar incarceration camp. They are all wearing suits and ties. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0120
Photograph of eight women standing outside next to a barracks with the Sierra Nevada in the background (ddr-csujad-47-186)
img Photograph of eight women standing outside next to a barracks with the Sierra Nevada in the background (ddr-csujad-47-186)
Photograph of eight women (employees of the Manzanar hospital) standing outside next to a barracks at Manzanar incarceration camp. Several women are wearing robes. The snow-covered Sierra Nevada are visible in the background. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0322
Photograph of Zabriske Point area in Death Valley with rock wall in the foreground (ddr-csujad-47-96)
img Photograph of Zabriske Point area in Death Valley with rock wall in the foreground (ddr-csujad-47-96)
Photograph of Zabriske Point area in Death Valley with rock wall in the foreground. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0175
Photograph of L. Josephine Hawes standing on a diving board on New Year's Day in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-118)
img Photograph of L. Josephine Hawes standing on a diving board on New Year's Day in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-118)
Photograph of L. Josephine Hawes standing on a diving board on New Year's Day in Death Valley National Park. Scrub brush and a mountain line can be seen in the background. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0203
Photograph of the Goodwin family at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-141)
img Photograph of the Goodwin family at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-141)
Photograph of the Goodwin family (two women and a boy scout) posing at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0226
Photograph of a desert plant in front of a swimming pool in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-120)
img Photograph of a desert plant in front of a swimming pool in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-120)
Photograph of a palm tree, possibly a yucca plant, in front of a swimming pool in Death Valley National Park. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0205
Photograph of a group of people holding snow balls on the side of a mountain with a snowman (ddr-csujad-47-295)
img Photograph of a group of people holding snow balls on the side of a mountain with a snowman (ddr-csujad-47-295)
Photograph of a group of people holding snow balls on the side of a mountain with a snowman near the Manzanar incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0444
Photograph of people posing in front of a building at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-207)
img Photograph of people posing in front of a building at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-207)
Photograph of eleven people posing in front of a building at Manzanar incarceration camp. It is a group of ten women and one man. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0351
Photograph of a borax wagon at Furnace Creek Camp in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-103)
img Photograph of a borax wagon at Furnace Creek Camp in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-103)
Photograph of two borax wagons with an attached water tank wagon in front of trees at Furnace Creek Camp at Death Valley National Monument. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0186
Photograph of a women at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-287)
img Photograph of a women at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-287)
Photograph of a women enjoying a cup of tea in a camp chair on a lawn at Manzanar incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0436
Photograph of a borax train at Furnace Creek Camp in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-104)
img Photograph of a borax train at Furnace Creek Camp in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-104)
Photograph of the Old Dinah Borax Train in front of Furnace Creek Camp in Death Valley National Park. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0189
Photograph of Theo Chamberlain standing in front of a pool in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-116)
img Photograph of Theo Chamberlain standing in front of a pool in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-116)
Photograph of Theo Chamberlain standing next to the ladder for a pool in Death Valley National Park. She is wearing a winter coat. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0201
Photograph of a group of people posing in front of the Manzanar hospital (ddr-csujad-47-210)
img Photograph of a group of people posing in front of the Manzanar hospital (ddr-csujad-47-210)
Photograph of a group of men, women and two children posing on the rocks in the hospital garden in Manzanar incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0354
Photograph of a group of women and girls posing on the rocks next to the Manzanar hospital (ddr-csujad-47-211)
img Photograph of a group of women and girls posing on the rocks next to the Manzanar hospital (ddr-csujad-47-211)
Photograph of a group of women and girls posing on the rocks in the hospital garden in Manzanar incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0355
Photograph of three people walking in Natural Bridge Canyon in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-151)
img Photograph of three people walking in Natural Bridge Canyon in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-151)
Photograph of three people walking under the Natural Bridge in Death Valley National Park. They are walking toward the camera. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0248
Photograph of Edna Anderson, Bernice Sibner, and Christine Little at a Manzanar hospital staff picnic (ddr-csujad-47-301)
img Photograph of Edna Anderson, Bernice Sibner, and Christine Little at a Manzanar hospital staff picnic (ddr-csujad-47-301)
Photograph of Edna Anderson, Bernice Sibner, and Christine Little near the Manzanar incarceration camp at hospital staff picnic. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0450
Photograph of Morse Little and his son (ddr-csujad-47-302)
img Photograph of Morse Little and his son (ddr-csujad-47-302)
Photograph of Morse Little and his son, both drinking from bottles, near the Manzanar incarceration camp at a hospital staff picnic. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0451
Photograph of Zabriske Point area in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-88)
img Photograph of Zabriske Point area in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-88)
Colorized photograph of the Zabriske Point area in Death Valley National Park. The Panamint range can be seen in the background. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0164
Photograph of a group in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-121)
img Photograph of a group in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-121)
Photograph of eight adults and two children in a picnic area at Death Valley National Park. A shade structure with a table is in the background behind several trees. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0206
Photograph of a person standing on a rock in the snow-covered mountains (ddr-csujad-47-294)
img Photograph of a person standing on a rock in the snow-covered mountains (ddr-csujad-47-294)
Photograph of a person standing on a rock in the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains behind Manzanar incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0443
Photograph of Titus Canyon in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-142)
img Photograph of Titus Canyon in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-142)
Photograph of Titus Canyon in Death Valley National Park. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0227
Photograph of the front entrance to Furnace Creek Camp in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-102)
img Photograph of the front entrance to Furnace Creek Camp in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-102)
Photograph of the front entrance of Furnace Creek Camp with a closed notice under the sign. In the foreground is the frame of a wagon, and the empty gas station can be seen on the right side. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0185
Jo for a New Years Day dip. Yes, cold! (ddr-csujad-47-117)
img Jo for a New Years Day dip. Yes, cold! (ddr-csujad-47-117)
Photograph of L. Josephine Hawes going for a swim on New Years Day in Death Valley National Park. A roof line and mountains can be seen in the background. Caption reads: Jo for a New Years Day dip. Yes, cold! Title from caption, which was taken from the original photo album. See this object in the …
Photograph of the face of Rainbow Falls near Mammoth Lakes, California (ddr-csujad-47-93)
img Photograph of the face of Rainbow Falls near Mammoth Lakes, California (ddr-csujad-47-93)
Photograph of the face of Rainbow Falls near Mammoth Lakes, California. The photograph includes the crest with the bushes lining the stream to the base and the cliffs on both sides of the falls. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0172
Photograph of L. Josephine Hawes and Theo Chamberlain in front of standing water at Bad Water in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-101)
img Photograph of L. Josephine Hawes and Theo Chamberlain in front of standing water at Bad Water in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-101)
Photograph of five people standing in front of the water at Bad Water in Death Valley National Park. L. Josephine Hawes and Theo Chamberlain are two of the four women. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0184
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