Holidays and festivals

Striving to maintain normal lives, Japanese Americans held holiday celebrations and festivals inside the concentration camps. Whether decorating mess halls during the Christmas holiday as part of a camp-wide competition or participating in parades to celebrate the harvest of crops from their own gardens, the Japanese Americans demonstrated their resourcefulness and resilience.

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Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 36 (ddr-densho-1000-84-36)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 36 (ddr-densho-1000-84-36)
Christmas at Minidoka, sagebrush candles and a tumbleweed Christmas tree

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-123-18)
Celebrating Christmas in camp and singing "Don't Fence Me In"

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

Gene Akutsu Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-1-9)
vh Gene Akutsu Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-1-9)
A teenager's memories of Puyallup Assembly Center: bad food, and games on the 4th of July
George Nakata Interview Segment 20 (ddr-one-7-29-20)
vh George Nakata Interview Segment 20 (ddr-one-7-29-20)
Celebrating Christmas in camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Kunio Otani Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-75-15)
vh Kunio Otani Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-75-15)
Dancing, talent shows, playing "Go," and drinking in camp
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-139-32)
vh Kara Kondo Interview Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-139-32)
Poignant memories of Christmas in camp: singing carols, receiving gifts from churches on the outside, caroling to a soldier in a guard tower
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1005-1-2)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1005-1-2)
Celebrating New Year's: mochitsuki

Eiichi Edward Sakauye shot footage of the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, from 1943-1945, on 8 mm film. This interview is of Mr. Sakauye providing voice-over descriptions for his original footage.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1005-1-22)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1005-1-22)
Obon odori festival in camp

Eiichi Edward Sakauye shot footage of the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, from 1943-1945, on 8 mm film. This interview is of Mr. Sakauye providing voice-over descriptions for his original footage.

Incarceree performing in camp parade (ddr-densho-2-23)
img Incarceree performing in camp parade (ddr-densho-2-23)
Patsy Yorita performing a flag salute at the Tule Lake concentration camp at the Independence Day parade.
Block 41 Christmas display (ddr-densho-2-39)
img Block 41 Christmas display (ddr-densho-2-39)
This Block 41 Christmas display, made by Japanese Americans from scrap materials, won third prize during a competition in 1944.
Camp Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-10-16)
img Camp Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-10-16)
Minidoka's Block 28 1st prize for Christmas decoration.
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