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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Joe Kobuki, Sports and recreation in camp

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Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Clear (ddr-densho-234-15)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Clear (ddr-densho-234-15)
Caption on front: "CLEAR; J. Kubuki up. OCHOCO MAID 2nd. DIAMOND BAY 3rd. Eureka, Calif. Sept. 27, 1941; 1 mi. Time 1:41:42; C. Penn Owner and Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Bonnie Jo (ddr-densho-234-11)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Bonnie Jo (ddr-densho-234-11)
Caption on front: "BONNIE JO; J. Kubuki up. Pleasanton, Calif. July 9, 1941; 1 1/16 mi. Time 1:49:3; Dolan and Cunningham Owners B. Warren Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Sky Nurse (ddr-densho-234-21)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Sky Nurse (ddr-densho-234-21)
Caption on front: "SKY NURSE; J. Kubuki up. Pleasanton, Calif. July 8, 1941; 5 1/2 Fur. Time; C.E. Brown Jr. Owner and Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Clear (ddr-densho-234-16)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, Clear (ddr-densho-234-16)
Caption on front: "CLEAR; J. Kubuki up. Pleasanton, Calif. July 11, 1941; a. 6 Fur. Time 1:12:2; C.E. Brown Jr. Owner and Trainer."
Joe Kobuki on winning mount, My Mint (ddr-densho-234-6)
img Joe Kobuki on winning mount, My Mint (ddr-densho-234-6)
Caption on front: "MY MINT; J. Kubuki up. ROSETA V. 2nd. KRIEGSMANN 3rd. Eureka, Calif. Sept. 25, 1941; 6 Fur. Time 1:14:4; C.E. Brown Jr. Owner & Trainer."
Nisei boy holding dead pheasant and shotgun (ddr-densho-259-465)
img Nisei boy holding dead pheasant and shotgun (ddr-densho-259-465)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Ches [Tsuyoshi Yasui] holding a dead pheasant in his left hand and cradling a shotgun in his right arm, Third Street home [Hood River, Oregon]."
Three Japanese men in bathing suits (ddr-densho-259-169)
img Three Japanese men in bathing suits (ddr-densho-259-169)
Three unidentified Japanese men wearing bathing suits, posed in front of a prop beach scene.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 116, No. 3 (January 22, 1993) (ddr-pc-65-3)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 116, No. 3 (January 22, 1993) (ddr-pc-65-3)
Select article titles: "Doris Matsui appointed to Clinton White House staff" (p.1); "Despite local JACL protests, 'Jap Road,' 'Jap Lane' remain in towns near Beaumont, Texas" (p. 1);"Study: Whites dominate L.A. sports positions" (p. 3).
The Nisei Weekender, Vol. 1, No. 30 (August 2, 1946) (ddr-densho-358-9)
doc The Nisei Weekender, Vol. 1, No. 30 (August 2, 1946) (ddr-densho-358-9)
Selected article titles: "Nation's Capital Honors 442nd" (p.1), "Rescue of Lost Battalion Hailed as Most Heroic Act" (p.1), "The Nisei Comes of Age" (p.2-3), "Top Generals Battled Over 442nd" (p.4).
The Nisei Weekender, Vol. 1, No. 29 (July 11, 1946) (ddr-densho-358-8)
doc The Nisei Weekender, Vol. 1, No. 29 (July 11, 1946) (ddr-densho-358-8)
Selected article titles: "Presidential Review: 442nd to March for Truman in Washington, July 15th" (p.1), "General Lauds 442nd Team at Camp Kilmer Reception" (p.1), "O-bon Services Honor War Dead" (p.3).
Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 36 (February 4, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-10)
doc Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 36 (February 4, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-10)
Selected article titles: "Plan Local Business Association" (p.1), "Eleventh in Series of Q's and A's on Claims Law" (p.2), "Peace: Has MacArthur Failed?" (p.6).
Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 38 (February 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-12)
doc Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 38 (February 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-12)
Selected article titles: "Talents to Vie for Scholarship" (p.1), "Gravy Train Days Are Over in Japan, Interpreter Says" (p.2), "Army Permits Issei and Nisei Travel in Japan" (p.2), "Venezuelan Nisei Going Home to Parents in Caracas after Ten Years in Japan" (p.3).
Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 44 (April 1, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-18)
doc Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 44 (April 1, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-18)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Growers Garner Prizes" (p.1), "Nisei Progressives Sponsor Discussion on Civic Center" (p.1), "Hitler and Goebbels Would Both Have Been Proud of It" (p.2).
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."
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