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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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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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Nancy K. Araki Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-305-18)
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Recreational activities in camp

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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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Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-299-23)
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Sneaking out of camp to go fishing

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Bill Hiroshi Shishima Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-393-14)
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Participating in a stamp club in camp

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Bill Hiroshi Shishima Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-393-13)
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Going on hikes out the camp with the Boy Scouts

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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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Hal Keimi Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-458-10)
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Joining the Boy Scouts in camp, going on a trip to Yellowstone
Clara S. Hattori Interview II Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-427-13)
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Daily life in camp: making furniture, setting up recreational activities
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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