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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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Sentinel supplement, series 63 (May 4, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1051)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 63 (May 4, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1051)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on farm employment, jobs for educators and nurses, sports briefs, and recreation hall availability. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1053
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 28 (October 20, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-660)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 28 (October 20, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-660)
General information bulletin, series 28, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on October 20, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp. Includes: Pay envelopes to be distributed Wednesday, Thursday; First printed newspaper to appear Saturday; Second Heart Mountain case dismissed; Fire information; 15 carloads of staple food on …
Sentinel supplement, series 60 (April 26, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1049)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 60 (April 26, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1049)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on a visit from an Army recruiter, clothing allowances, adoption, electronics courses, softball, and jobs for translators and interpreters. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Sentinel supplement, series 109 (August 10, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1086)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 109 (August 10, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1086)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on elections, visit by the Spanish Consul, funerals, sports, job opportunities at Fort Warren, agricultural work, labor work, and other employment opportunities. Includes text in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities …
Tule Lake musicians (ddr-csujad-55-2211)
img Tule Lake musicians (ddr-csujad-55-2211)
Black and white photograph of musicians at Tule Lake incarceration camp. Pictured from left to right (standing): C. Nagao, K. Yamamoto (singer), unidentified (singer), J. Ota, S. Arima, J. Hatanaka (singer), F. Kunisawa (singer), unidentified (singer), [Frank Yoshimi]. Sitting - K. Arima, T. Matsuoka, B. Yokotaki, H. Nakata, J. Mitsukiro, and N. Yamaguchi. See this object …
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, January 5, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-394)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, January 5, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-394)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes discussion on clothing allowances, detectives, recreation, and facilities. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0396
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, November 18, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-319)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, November 18, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-319)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes discussion on Engei-bu Committee, facilities, food, and recreation. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0321
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Abe, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-704)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Abe, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-704)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Rev. Abe, regarding his "S. America: mythical [?]" speech at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0706
Letter from the YWCA Board of Directors, Mrs. Don Tonuimi, Chairman, Heart Mountain Relocation Project, January 19, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-718)
doc Letter from the YWCA Board of Directors, Mrs. Don Tonuimi, Chairman, Heart Mountain Relocation Project, January 19, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-718)
Correspondence from Don Tonuimi regarding a speaker event at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0720
List of recreation equipment and supplies at Heart Mountain (ddr-csujad-55-946)
doc List of recreation equipment and supplies at Heart Mountain (ddr-csujad-55-946)
List of recreation equipment and supplies at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes Japanese handwritten notes. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0948
Sentinel supplement, series 124 (September 16, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1090)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 124 (September 16, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1090)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on job offers, disposal of hot ashes, transportation of "segregees" to Tule Lake, work at bean and seed mills, and girl scouts. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Charter of the community council of Jerome Relocation Center (ddr-csujad-55-40)
doc Charter of the community council of Jerome Relocation Center (ddr-csujad-55-40)
Charter document of the "Community Council of the Jerome Relocation Center" including preamble and articles covering composition of the council, eligibility, election procedures, voting, meeting schedule, officer duties, sub-committees, standing committees, gifts, initiative and referendum, rules and regulations, amendments, ratification, and by-laws. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_00044
Sentinel supplement, series 150 (November 30, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1097)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 150 (November 30, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1097)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on employment offers, ice skating rinks, sports announcements, and general information. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1099
Song sheet with lyrics (ddr-csujad-55-1944)
doc Song sheet with lyrics (ddr-csujad-55-1944)
List of songs and lyrics for ten songs, probably from the "Let's Sing" program at Tule Lake incarceration camp. See also sac_jaac_1943 through sac_jaac_1948. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1947
Sentinel supplement, series 56 (April 13, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1045)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 56 (April 13, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1045)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on rations, employment, unemployment compensation, a speech by the YMCA Secretary, classical music concert, boxing schedule, and sports. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1047
Cody Reminder, vol. 1, no. 9 (November 30, 1942), Heart Mountain edition (ddr-csujad-55-1021)
doc Cody Reminder, vol. 1, no. 9 (November 30, 1942), Heart Mountain edition (ddr-csujad-55-1021)
News bulletin featuring advertisements for items available through the Cody Trading Company and brief articles related to news and events at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1023
Sentinel supplement, series 228 (August 31, 1944) (ddr-csujad-55-943)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 228 (August 31, 1944) (ddr-csujad-55-943)
News bulletin from Heart Mountain incarceration camp covering jobs through the Army Ordinance Division, lost and found, adult education, visitors to Heart Mountain, Red Cross, college opportunity, books for Japanese prisoners, mailing Christmas packages, and other job offers for incarcerees. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0945
Sentinel supplement, series 227 (August 29, 1944) (ddr-csujad-55-944)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 227 (August 29, 1944) (ddr-csujad-55-944)
News bulletin from Heart Mountain incarceration camp covering election of Trust Committeemen, pre-induction physicals, donation drive for scholarship fund, contraband, lumber work opportunities, rules and regulations, and job opportunities at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0946
Report of the summer leisure time program for boys and girls-1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1692)
doc Report of the summer leisure time program for boys and girls-1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1692)
Report on the summer leisure program for children at Rohwer incarceration camp. Covers purpose and plans of the program, development of plans for program and leadership, experience of interest groups, and evaluation. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1694
Women in kimono dancing on stage in front of American flag in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-55-2201)
img Women in kimono dancing on stage in front of American flag in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-55-2201)
Two women of Japanese ancestry in kimono dancing on stage in front of an American flag at Tule Lake incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2303
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Aso, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-703)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Aso, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-703)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Rev. Aso, regarding his "my Experiences, Sea Islands" speech at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0705
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Sano, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-696)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Sano, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-696)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Mr. Sano, regarding his speech on parent's role at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0698
Senior Banquet, Class of '44 (ddr-csujad-55-1842)
doc Senior Banquet, Class of '44 (ddr-csujad-55-1842)
Invitation for the Senior Banquet for the class of 1944 at Poston incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1845
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 15 (September 23, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-649)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 15 (September 23, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-649)
General information bulletin, series 15, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on September 23, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: Cooperation asked in meeting housing problem; Center gets 22 additional trucks; Colonists without August work orders listed; Transfer application forms now available; Mothers asked to return …
Spring fashion show (ddr-csujad-55-1957)
doc Spring fashion show (ddr-csujad-55-1957)
Invitation for the spring fashion show sponsored by the Adult Education Tulean Sewing School at Tule Lake incarceration camp. 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_1960
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