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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Campers participating in a lap sit (ddr-densho-336-946)
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The 1977 Lake Sequoia Retreat summer camp. Caption on front: "Sono Takizawa, Julia Murata, An Shimakawa, Bob Yamamura, XX, Mary Takagi."
Ben Chikaraishi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-chi-1-11-11)
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Organizing sports leagues and social activities right after the war
Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-3)
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Father's involvement in community activities: sumo wrestling

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

James Sakamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-3)
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Prewar community activities: picnics, theater, baseball

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Jim Akutsu Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-2-10)
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Activities growing up; brother's career choices

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-76-7)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-76-7)
Seinenkai, sports, and other Nisei social activities

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

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