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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Something's Cooking (ddr-jamsj-1-313)
img Something's Cooking (ddr-jamsj-1-313)
Assembly meeting for Perch Derby at Rio Del Mar.
Martial arts class (ddr-densho-255-182)
img Martial arts class (ddr-densho-255-182)
Group of boys wearing gi posed for a picture. Several rows of adults, the men wearing suits, are posed behind them.
Game played in a field (ddr-densho-255-51)
img Game played in a field (ddr-densho-255-51)
Men playing a game in a field, possibly "capture the flag" [?]. Written on reverse: "Taken May 5, 1935."
Three Japanese men in bathing suits (ddr-densho-259-169)
img Three Japanese men in bathing suits (ddr-densho-259-169)
Three unidentified Japanese men wearing bathing suits, posed in front of a prop beach scene.
Nisei boy at tennis courts (ddr-densho-259-206)
img Nisei boy at tennis courts (ddr-densho-259-206)
Kay Yasui at the tennis courts at the Hood River Japanese Hall in Hood River, Oregon.
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 attached …
Nisei baseball teams at N.W. Class A Baseball Tournament (ddr-densho-259-366)
img Nisei baseball teams at N.W. Class A Baseball Tournament (ddr-densho-259-366)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group portraint [sic] of Nisei baseball teams taken at the NW Class A Baseball Tournament in 1932 Among the teams represented in this picture were: Fife, WA; the Portland Fujii; White River, WA; the Hood River Nisei Athletic Club (N.A.C.); the Yakima Yamato; Bellevue; and the Seattle Waseda."
Nisei boy holding dead pheasant and shotgun (ddr-densho-259-465)
img Nisei boy holding dead pheasant and shotgun (ddr-densho-259-465)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Ches [Tsuyoshi Yasui] holding a dead pheasant in his left hand and cradling a shotgun in his right arm, Third Street home [Hood River, Oregon]."
Nisei children rabbit hunting (ddr-densho-259-204)
img Nisei children rabbit hunting (ddr-densho-259-204)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Kay, Ches [Tsuyoshi], Min[oru], Michi and Roku [Yasui] have gone rabbit hunting. It shows Kay cradling a rifle in his left arm and holding a dead rabbit in his right hand. Ches has his .22 caliber rifle held high aloft in his right hand, and a dead rabbit in his left."
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."
Japanese Americans on horseback on a mountain (ddr-densho-259-184)
img Japanese Americans on horseback on a mountain (ddr-densho-259-184)
Japanese Americans on horseback on the Cloud Cap trailhead on Mount Hood, Oregon.
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.
Nisei children on a stagnant slough (ddr-densho-259-427)
img Nisei children on a stagnant slough (ddr-densho-259-427)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Michi, Shu and Roku, standing on a cracked, dried up lake bed. Michi is holding a fishing pole, and it looks like Roku is holding a gun as tall as he. Shu is in the middle What looks like a dried lake bed actually was the remains of a big stagnant slough, …
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