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.

Sports (293)

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Joe Kobuki, Sports and recreation in camp

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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."
National basketball tournament (ddr-densho-114-9)
img National basketball tournament (ddr-densho-114-9)
In the late 1940s, Seattle hosted the National Oriental Basketball Tournament with teams competing from Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Illinois and Vancouver, BC. Games like this one were played at the Seattle University Gymnasium.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 8 (August 22, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 8 (August 22, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-33)
Selected article titles: "Foes of California English Initiative Form Coalition to Prevent Passage" (pp. 1, 8), "Japanese National Kept in Detention by Provision on McCarran-Walter Act" (pp. 1, 3), "President's Corner: Here's What We're Doing" (p. 5), and "U.S., Latin American Nikkei Athletes 'Go for the Gold' in Mexico Sportsfest" (pp. 6-7).
Dr. Fusaji Inada (ddr-csujad-8-26)
doc Dr. Fusaji Inada (ddr-csujad-8-26)
Oral history interview with Dr. Fusaji Inada. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Inada, Dr Fusaji
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."
Campers participating in a lap sit (ddr-densho-336-946)
img Campers participating in a lap sit (ddr-densho-336-946)
The 1977 Lake Sequoia Retreat summer camp. Caption on front: "Sono Takizawa, Julia Murata, An Shimakawa, Bob Yamamura, XX, Mary Takagi."
img "11 1/2 lb Jan 17, 1942 Steelhead" (ddr-densho-201-332)
Fish hanging from a wall. Caption on front: "11 1/2 lb Jan 17, 1942 Steelhead [trout]."
img "Steelhead from Green River, 1941" (ddr-densho-201-324)
Caption on front: "Steelhead [trout] from Green River, 1941."
Man with skis (ddr-densho-201-256)
img Man with skis (ddr-densho-201-256)
Man posed in front of mountains holding a pair of skis.
James Sakamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-3)
vh James Sakamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-3)
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.

img "Davos - Jim" (ddr-densho-201-244)
Man in swimwear in front of a Swiss flag. Caption on front: "Davos - Jim."
img "Swiss Flag" (ddr-densho-201-243)
Man in swimwear in front of a Swiss flag. Caption on front: "Swiss Flag."
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