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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img "Tokyo" baseball team (ddr-densho-255-175)
Japanese or Japanese American baseball team with "Tokyo" printed on their uniforms.
Nisei man with tennis racquet (ddr-densho-259-420)
img Nisei man with tennis racquet (ddr-densho-259-420)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Kay [Yasui] holding a tennis racquet behind his arms. This surely must have been taken at the dirt tennis court which had been built at the old Japanese Community Hall."
Nikkei man holding fish (ddr-densho-259-428)
img Nikkei man holding fish (ddr-densho-259-428)
Unidentified Nikkei man holding fish in front of an automobile.
Picnic at Columbia River Beach (ddr-densho-259-128)
img Picnic at Columbia River Beach (ddr-densho-259-128)
Caption by Masuo Yasui: "There gathered together some over 200 men, women and children at Columbia River Beach for Picnic on July 20th, 1924." Caption by Homer Yasui: "This was undoubtedly taken at one of the Hood River Undokai ['Sports Day']."
Undokai picnic and field day (ddr-densho-259-362)
img Undokai picnic and field day (ddr-densho-259-362)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This was the familiar undokai--a combination picnic and field day--which almost every Nikkei community all over the United States held in the summertime for their people. This photo shows maybe half of the Japanese from Hood River Valley, and it was taken at the Yasui Mosier ranch."
Donut Boxes
img Donut Boxes "Washed" Out (ddr-jamsj-1-316)
Assembly meeting for Perch Derby at Rio Del Mar.
Shut Up, You Guys (ddr-jamsj-1-312)
img Shut Up, You Guys (ddr-jamsj-1-312)
Assembly meeting for Perch Derby at Rio Del Mar.
Something's Cooking (ddr-jamsj-1-313)
img Something's Cooking (ddr-jamsj-1-313)
Assembly meeting for Perch Derby at Rio Del Mar.
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