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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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Receipt from Murray's Athletic Company for two dozen ping pong balls (ddr-csujad-55-947)
doc Receipt from Murray's Athletic Company for two dozen ping pong balls (ddr-csujad-55-947)
Receipt from Murray's Athletic Company for two dozen ping pong balls. Includes Japanese handwritten notes. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0949
Grammar school tea (ddr-csujad-55-1429)
img Grammar school tea (ddr-csujad-55-1429)
Scrapbook page containing an invitation to an informal tea for grammar school faculty and black and white photographs of the event. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 81. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1431
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 13 (September 19, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-647)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 13 (September 19, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-647)
General information bulletin, series 13, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on September 19, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: Army provides food on ration basis; Installation of stoves to be completed soon; Break in water line repaired; Ask surrender of expired work leave permits; Nisei …
Tule Lake orchestra (ddr-csujad-55-2212)
img Tule Lake orchestra (ddr-csujad-55-2212)
Black and white photograph of the Tule Lake orchestra at Tule Lake incarceration camp. Pictured from left to right (front row): Terry Irakawa, Shizu Ishida, R. Ishiyami, Emi Matsumoto, Mr. A. Umemoto (conductor), Yuichi Takahashi, Sachi Matsui, Miya Nagata, Ruth Temmu, Grace Matsuda. Second row: Shichio Nishida, Hayashi, Hayuo Motoyama, Hamachi, Richard Tanaka, Morioka, Tom Matsuda, …
Sentinel supplement, series 57 (April 15, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1046)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 57 (April 15, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1046)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on recruitment of incarcerated Nisei into armed forces, a ban on kite flying, employment, and Judo school. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1048
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Kinoshita, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-695)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Kinoshita, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-695)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Mr. Kinoshita, regarding his speech on hiking paleontology at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0697
Community activities section (ddr-csujad-55-14)
doc Community activities section (ddr-csujad-55-14)
Responsibilities and appointment of section leaders for men's and women's athletics, entertainment, socials, and organizations in the Jerome incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_00016
Letter from Leon C. High, Principal, to Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, May 15, 1943 (ddr-csujad-48-72)
doc Letter from Leon C. High, Principal, to Mr. Harry Bentley Wells, May 15, 1943 (ddr-csujad-48-72)
Letter expressing High's regrets for being unable to attend the Ten Low class "get together." He commends Harry Bentley Wells on organizing the event and encourages them in the future though. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9072. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_wells_0072
Photograph of a rock field in the mountains near Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-309)
img Photograph of a rock field in the mountains near Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-309)
Photograph of an unidentified rock field in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Manzanar incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0460
Photograph of Irene Gavigan, L. Josephine Hawes and Eleanor Thomas (ddr-csujad-47-304)
img Photograph of Irene Gavigan, L. Josephine Hawes and Eleanor Thomas (ddr-csujad-47-304)
Photograph of Irene Gavigan, L. Josephine Hawes and Eleanor Thomas sitting in front of a stand of trees 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_0453
Photograph of a group of people enjoying Sunday dinner as a picnic at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-282)
img Photograph of a group of people enjoying Sunday dinner as a picnic at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-282)
Photograph of a group of people enjoying a Sunday dinner as a picnic at one of the parks at the Manzanar Incarceration Camp. The group consists of two children, three women and a man. There is another group of children in the upper left corner. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Photograph of three people sitting on a bumper in a canyon in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-122)
img Photograph of three people sitting on a bumper in a canyon in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-122)
Photograph of two women and a man sitting on the front bumper of a car in a canyon in Death Valley National Park. The license plate is "E024." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0207
Photograph of five adults and two children in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-119)
img Photograph of five adults and two children in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-119)
Photograph of five adults and two children in Death Valley National Park. The adults are sitting on a park bench and the two children are on a small wicker chair. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0204
Photograph of landscape in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-124)
img Photograph of landscape in Death Valley (ddr-csujad-47-124)
Photograph of Death Valley National Park. The foreground is very dark and a mountain range on the horizon and clouds filling the sky. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0209
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Mohri, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-707)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Mohri, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-707)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Rev. Mohri regarding his "Stories of So. Pacific Islands" speech at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0709
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, December 29, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-390)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, December 29, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-390)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes discussion on coupons, wages, and recreation. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0392
Sentinel supplement, series 40 (March 3, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1035)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 40 (March 3, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1035)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on registration ("loyalty questionnaire") for female incarcerees, range firing schedule, a farewell dinner for Dr. Kinoshita, and the YWCA schedule. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Chikuma, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-688)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Chikuma, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-688)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Mr. Chikuma, regarding his Naniwabushi performance at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Naniwabushi is also known as rokyoku or naniwa-bushi. Includes handwritten comments in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0690
Memo from David Yamakawa, Heart Mountain Relocation Project, to all block managers and councilmen, June 19, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-722)
doc Memo from David Yamakawa, Heart Mountain Relocation Project, to all block managers and councilmen, June 19, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-722)
Memorandum of understanding from David (No Suggestions) regarding an invitation to a Community Activities recreation conference at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0724
Senior banquet, May 15, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1828)
doc Senior banquet, May 15, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1828)
Program for the Poston II High School Senior Banquet at Poston incarceration camp. Includes menu, program schedule, and acknowledgements. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1831
Japanese Girl and Boy Scouts at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1460)
img Japanese Girl and Boy Scouts at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1460)
Scrapbook page containing two black and white photographs of Japanese Girl Scouts and Girl and Boy Scout leaders at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 109. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Let's sing (ddr-csujad-55-1941)
doc Let's sing (ddr-csujad-55-1941)
List of songs and lyrics for the "Let's Sing" program at Tule Lake incarceration camp. "Community Activities Section, District IV." See also sac_jaac_1943 through sac_jaac_1948. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1944
Sentinel supplement, series 13, 1942 (December 8, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1022)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 13, 1942 (December 8, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1022)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on a USO fundraiser, shoe shop, dry goods store, football, and a Camp Fire Girls rally. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1024
Tulelake CO-OP valuable-save for patronage refund (ddr-csujad-55-1958)
doc Tulelake CO-OP valuable-save for patronage refund (ddr-csujad-55-1958)
Ticket for use at the Tulelake CO-OP at Tule Lake incarceration camp. Ticket reads, "Valuable--Save for Patronage Refund." From the Masako Adachi scrapbook. See also sac_jaac_1953. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1961
Community Activities Section organization chart (ddr-csujad-55-970)
doc Community Activities Section organization chart (ddr-csujad-55-970)
Organizational chart for the Community Activities Section an activity statistics at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0972
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