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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Sports (305)

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Photo album (ddr-densho-326-371)
img Photo album (ddr-densho-326-371)
Photos of Matsu Sakagami, friends and baseball teammates travelling in Washington, Oregon and California, Buddhist Community events.
Photo Album (ddr-densho-326-72)
img Photo Album (ddr-densho-326-72)
Photos of Matsu Sakagami and baseball team on trip to Japan, sailing from Vancouver. Including photos of family members in Japan and photos taken aboard ship.
Two men in park with rackets (ddr-densho-383-69)
img Two men in park with rackets (ddr-densho-383-69)
Written on album page below photograph: "Tad Kimura, Henry Yamada" (left to right).
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 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.
Campers racing (ddr-densho-336-844)
img Campers racing (ddr-densho-336-844)
The 1976 Lake Sequoia Retreat summer camp. \nCaption on front: "Steve Shiozaki, Carol Sanbonji, Sarah Ishida Red Jacket, Tara Sasagawa, Leslie Shirakawa, Paul Kawakami."
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