Sports

Sports leagues were important institutions for Japanese Americans growing up on the West Coast. Both boys and girls played basketball, baseball and other sports. The traditional Japanese martial arts of judo and kendo were practiced as well. Baseball became the primary sport for young Japanese Americans who were often prohibited from playing in the white leagues. The highly competitive games in the all-Japanese American leagues built pride and a sense of community.

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Lotus basketball team (ddr-densho-38-27)
img Lotus basketball team (ddr-densho-38-27)
This basketball team was affiliated with the Seattle Buddhist Temple. Front, left to right: Kats Nakayama, Kats Iwamura, Hachiro Matsuzari, Art Suzuki, and unidentified. Back left to right: Yoshito Fujii (manager), Nobie Saito, unidentified, and Jiro Sakano.
National basketball tournament (ddr-densho-114-9)
img National basketball tournament (ddr-densho-114-9)
In the late 1940s, Seattle hosted the National Oriental Basketball Tournament with teams competing from Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Illinois and Vancouver, BC. Games like this one were played at the Seattle University Gymnasium.
Campers participating in a lap sit (ddr-densho-336-949)
img Campers participating in a lap sit (ddr-densho-336-949)
The 1977 Lake Sequoia Retreat summer camp. Caption on front: "Grant Nakajima, Emi Takizawa, Willie Gong, Dianne Kiyomoto, Jeri Endo, Steve Shiozaki."
Campers racing (ddr-densho-336-845)
img Campers racing (ddr-densho-336-845)
The 1976 Lake Sequoia Retreat summer camp. \nCaption on front: "Leslie Shirakawa Red Stripes, Paul Kawakami Beret, Donna Kawahara."
Campers participating in a lap sit (ddr-densho-336-950)
img Campers participating in a lap sit (ddr-densho-336-950)
The 1977 Lake Sequoia Retreat summer camp. Caption on front: "Dianne Kiyomoto, Jeri Endo, Steve Shiozaki, Lori Tamura, David Uriu, Patti Iseke, Stuart Tatsuon, Kellyanne Ebisui."
Campers playing games (ddr-densho-336-1288)
img Campers playing games (ddr-densho-336-1288)
The 1979 Lake Sequoia Retreat summer camp. Left to right: Nancy Ogami, Lisa Handa, Tara Sasagawa, Cary Matsumura.
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