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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Two men and a boy carrying freshly-caught Snake River trout (ddr-densho-201-321)
img Two men and a boy carrying freshly-caught Snake River trout (ddr-densho-201-321)
Two men and a boy carrying freshly-caught Snake River trout. Caption on front: "Kay, Tsuboi-san. Kay Yamamoto, Mr. Yamamoto, Tusboi-san, Tacoma & Midway Cafe. Snake River trout."
Japanese women playing battledore (ddr-densho-259-116)
img Japanese women playing battledore (ddr-densho-259-116)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "In this picture, [Shidzuyo Yasui] seems to be refereeing a battledore match between two young women. This game, which resembles badminton in a very sedate and genteel way, probably isn't played in Japan anymore, but it was in her day. The opponents bat a hard, round, marble-like thing, to which is ...
Two Nisei boys at tennis courts (ddr-densho-259-207)
img Two Nisei boys at tennis courts (ddr-densho-259-207)
Kay Yasui and Kineyo Kanemasu at the tennis courts at the Hood River Japanese Hall in Hood River, Oregon.
Something's Cooking (ddr-jamsj-1-313)
img Something's Cooking (ddr-jamsj-1-313)
Assembly meeting for Perch Derby at Rio Del Mar.
Donut Boxes
img Donut Boxes "Washed" Out (ddr-jamsj-1-316)
Assembly meeting for Perch Derby at Rio Del Mar.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 18 (May 3, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-18)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 18 (May 3, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-18)
Select article titles: "Congressional hearings end on use of temporary Japanese farm labor" (p. 1); "Congressmen to support JACL Nat'l TV protest" (p. 1); "Active Chicagoan Mike Hagiwara dies unexpectedly" (p. 1); "Denver TV stations promis no showing of anti-Nisei films" (p. 1); "Parents of grade school pupils urged to protest use of 'Firelight Reader ...
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