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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Man running in track event (ddr-densho-475-594)
img Man running in track event (ddr-densho-475-594)
Black and white photograph of an unidentified young man running a track race. Written on the album page below the photograph is: "'Alone' in 220" in white pencil.
Pete Masuoka pole vaulting (ddr-densho-475-598)
img Pete Masuoka pole vaulting (ddr-densho-475-598)
Black and white photograph of Pete Masuoka performing a pole vault. Written on the album page below the photograph is: "Pete Masuoka missin' at 12'-6""
Crossroads Vol. IV, No. 17 (September 21, 1951) (ddr-densho-507-2)
doc Crossroads Vol. IV, No. 17 (September 21, 1951) (ddr-densho-507-2)
Selected article titles: “Just Browsing” (p. 2), “Profile” (p. 3), “Society” (p. 4), “Social Silhouettes” (p. 5), “Club Notes” (p. 6), “Church Notices” (p. 6), “Sports” (p. 7), “Professional Directory” (p. 8)
Crossroads Vol. V, No. 16 (September 12, 1952) (ddr-densho-507-3)
doc Crossroads Vol. V, No. 16 (September 12, 1952) (ddr-densho-507-3)
Selected article titles: “One Issei’s Opinion” (p. 2, 8), “Th Nisei Seek Election” (p. 3), “Society” (p. 4), “Club Notes” (p. 6), “Church Notices” (p. 6), “Sports” (p. 7), “Professional Directory” (p. 8)
Man in track uniform (ddr-ajah-6-61)
img Man in track uniform (ddr-ajah-6-61)
Caption below photo: Non Iwahashi - Buddhist Temple of Alameda, CA / YMBA Juniors track and field. Photo framed in heart
Man with pole vault pole (ddr-ajah-3-339)
img Man with pole vault pole (ddr-ajah-3-339)
Caption below photo: Buddhist Temple of Alameda, CA., Templars pole vaulter, location unknown. The Templars were an early sports team from the temple. Circa 1910-1030s
Scrapbook page with photos of Minoru Iwahashi and name card (ddr-ajah-6-908)
img Scrapbook page with photos of Minoru Iwahashi and name card (ddr-ajah-6-908)
Caption below photo: Minoru Iwahashi, of Alameda, CA poses performing track and field events. Kezar Stadium was in San Francisco, CA before it was torn down. It was home to several local colleges and the first home of the San Francisco 49ers. Photo at right June 17, 1934. Caption at top of page: "Star". Photo in …
Jim Akutsu Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-2-10)
vh Jim Akutsu Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-2-10)
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.

Ben Uyeno Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-100-12)
vh Ben Uyeno Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-100-12)
Prewar activities for Nisei in Seattle, Courier baseball league
Seichi Hayashida Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-14-11)
vh Seichi Hayashida Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-14-11)
Prewar Japanese American community activities: Courier baseball league
Frank S. Fujii Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-8-27)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-8-27)
Postwar Japanese American community athletics

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Frank S. Fujii Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-8-7)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-8-7)
Prewar Seattle community athletics

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Rae Takekawa Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-89-7)
vh Rae Takekawa Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-89-7)
Baseball games in Eastside Seattle Japanese American community
Ben Chikaraishi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-chi-1-11-11)
vh Ben Chikaraishi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-chi-1-11-11)
Organizing sports leagues and social activities right after the war
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