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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Nisei children on a stagnant slough (ddr-densho-259-427)
img Nisei children on a stagnant slough (ddr-densho-259-427)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Michi, Shu and Roku, standing on a cracked, dried up lake bed. Michi is holding a fishing pole, and it looks like Roku is holding a gun as tall as he. Shu is in the middle What looks like a dried lake bed actually was the remains of a big stagnant slough, …
Nisei baseball players (ddr-densho-259-539)
img Nisei baseball players (ddr-densho-259-539)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Ches [Tsuyoshi Yasui] in baseball shin guards, with other presumed baseball players. This may well have been part of the Nisei Athletic Club baseball team."
Courtland Joint Union High School La Perita yearbook (ddr-densho-390-153)
doc Courtland Joint Union High School La Perita yearbook (ddr-densho-390-153)
The 1947 edition of the Courtland Joint Union High School yearbook, La Perita, belonging to Walter Matsuoka. Walter is included in the senior class portraits, senior activities, and football photographs. David Matsuoka is included in the junior class photograph. The yearbook includes several handwritten messages and signatures.
Courtland Joint Union High School student body membership card (ddr-densho-390-72)
doc Courtland Joint Union High School student body membership card (ddr-densho-390-72)
Walter's student body membership card that grants admission to all athletic activities sponsored by Courtland Joint Union High School.
Courtland Joint Union High School La Perita yearbook (ddr-densho-390-152)
doc Courtland Joint Union High School La Perita yearbook (ddr-densho-390-152)
The 1946 edition of the Courtland Joint Union High School yearbook, La Perita, belonging to Walter Matsuoka. Walter is included in the candid shots. Sho Matsuoka is included in the senior class portraits. David Matsuoka is included in the sophomore class photograph and basketball ball team photograph. The yearbook includes several handwritten messages and signatures.
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