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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Sports (297)

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Joe Kobuki, Sports and recreation in camp

297 items
img "Steelhead from Green River, 1941" (ddr-densho-201-324)
Caption on front: "Steelhead [trout] from Green River, 1941."
img "San-dan" (ddr-densho-201-314)
Man wearing gi with a palm tree in the background. Caption on front: "San-dan."
Soldiers and civilians watching a football game (ddr-densho-201-443)
img Soldiers and civilians watching a football game (ddr-densho-201-443)
Soldiers and civilians watching a football game. Caption on reverse: "Football."
img "Davos - Jim" (ddr-densho-201-244)
Man in swimwear in front of a Swiss flag. Caption on front: "Davos - Jim."
Young women in snow (ddr-densho-201-424)
img Young women in snow (ddr-densho-201-424)
Young women on a snow-covered street, one of whom is carrying skis.
Young man in letterman jacket (ddr-densho-201-349)
img Young man in letterman jacket (ddr-densho-201-349)
Young man wearing letterman jacket standing in front of a house. Caption on front: "Tom Ryan."
Fish hanging by a tree (ddr-densho-201-337)
img Fish hanging by a tree (ddr-densho-201-337)
Fish hanging by a tree. Caption on front: "Steelhead. Gave half of fish to Jim Shaunessy fireman & Mayor of Auburn. 1942 Frank Shaunessy Cocker Spanial gave us."
img "Swiss Flag" (ddr-densho-201-243)
Man in swimwear in front of a Swiss flag. Caption on front: "Swiss Flag."
Boy holding fish above river (ddr-densho-201-331)
img Boy holding fish above river (ddr-densho-201-331)
Boy holding fish above river. Caption on front: "July 12, 1940."
Soldiers playing basketball (ddr-densho-201-400)
img Soldiers playing basketball (ddr-densho-201-400)
Caption on front: "C. Co 100th Bn basketball court, Leghorn, Italy."
Japanese American soldier with ice skates (ddr-densho-201-62)
img Japanese American soldier with ice skates (ddr-densho-201-62)
Japanese American soldier with ice skates slung over his shoulder. A mountain range stands behind him, possibly the Swiss Alps.
Two men canoeing on a lake (ddr-densho-201-334)
img Two men canoeing on a lake (ddr-densho-201-334)
Two men canoeing on a lake. Caption on front: "Lake Calligan, Wash. April 12, 1941. Stayed overnite at Carol Emerg Cabin."
Man holding string of fish (ddr-densho-201-329)
img Man holding string of fish (ddr-densho-201-329)
Man holding string of fish. Caption on front: "'Fish Crazy Sack.' How many fish is there? Lake Calligan North Fork of Snoqualmie River Trout Limit with Sam Kawashima. 1941 Green River 'Bottom.'"
Man with caught fish (ddr-densho-201-348)
img Man with caught fish (ddr-densho-201-348)
Man holding a large fish crouched in front of a car.
Puppy next to two fish (ddr-densho-201-336)
img Puppy next to two fish (ddr-densho-201-336)
Puppy next to two fish. Caption on front: "7 3/4 lb & Brownie."
img "Florence swimming pool" (ddr-densho-201-423)
Men at a swimming pool. Caption on reverse: "Florence swimming pool."
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.
img "11 1/2 Pounder Steelhead" (ddr-densho-201-333)
Fish hanging from a line. Caption on front: "11 1/2 Pounder Steelhead [trout]."
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