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.

World War II (215)
Concentration camps (1219)
Holidays and festivals (259)

259 items
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.
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.
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, October 26, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-484)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, October 26, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-484)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes discussion on Christmas, "evacuee doctors", and camp operations and services. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0486
Weinachts programm 1944 Internierungslager Crystal City, Texas (ddr-csujad-55-1481)
doc Weinachts programm 1944 Internierungslager Crystal City, Texas (ddr-csujad-55-1481)
Program for a German Christmas Eve celebration at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 124. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1483
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, December 21, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-384)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, December 21, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-384)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes discussion on Christmas meal, cooks wages, and retirement. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0386
In honor of Meiji (ddr-csujad-55-1458)
img In honor of Meiji (ddr-csujad-55-1458)
Scrapbook page containing two black and white photographs depicting Japanese Boy Scouts in uniform honoring Meiji. Title from caption. See also sac_jac_1461. From Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 107. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1460
Santa Claus
img Santa Claus "Knecht Ruprecht" at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1464)
Scrapbook page containing photographs of Santa Clause or "Knecht Ruprecht" at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 112. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1466
New Year benefit raffle (ddr-csujad-55-1962)
doc New Year benefit raffle (ddr-csujad-55-1962)
New Year Benefit raffle ticket, belonging to Masako Adachi, for an event at Tule Lake incarceration camp. From the Masako Adachi scrapbook. See also sac_jaac_1953. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1965
Amache Yuletide (ddr-csujad-55-1322)
img Amache Yuletide (ddr-csujad-55-1322)
Silk screen Christmas card featuring a winter scene of Amache incarceration camp and a calligraphy greeting. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1324
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, December 22, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-386)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, December 22, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-386)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes discussion on recreation conference, Christmas meal, and New Year entertainment. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0388
Poem from German internee at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1386)
doc Poem from German internee at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1386)
Poem written by a German internee given as a gift to Mary Clark, originally accompanied by a bottle of perfume. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 56. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1388
Letter from Tomiye to Miss Mary Clark, November 3, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1457)
doc Letter from Tomiye to Miss Mary Clark, November 3, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1457)
Scrapbook page containing a note regarding a request for a crutch and a Boy Scouts program. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 106. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1459
Heart Mountain sentinel (October 30, 1943): Zootsuo (ddr-csujad-55-1017)
img Heart Mountain sentinel (October 30, 1943): Zootsuo (ddr-csujad-55-1017)
Comic strip created by Bennie Nobori, published in "Heart Mountain Sentinel" at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Satirical cartoon features the adventures of Zootsuo, a young boy at an incarceration camp. Includes verso in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1019
Letter to Hon. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, December 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-34)
doc Letter to Hon. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, December 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-34)
Handwritten and illustrated Christmas card addressed to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_00037
Greetings from Poston (ddr-csujad-55-1888)
img Greetings from Poston (ddr-csujad-55-1888)
Greeting card depicting decorative lettering of the word "Poston" with watercolor illustrations of camp landmarks inside each letter. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1891
Poem from German internee and program for Christmas party at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1385)
doc Poem from German internee and program for Christmas party at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1385)
Scrapbook page containing a poem written by a German internee and a program for a Christmas party at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 56. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1387
Community wide Halloween party (ddr-csujad-55-711)
doc Community wide Halloween party (ddr-csujad-55-711)
Planning document for a Halloween party at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Outlines responsibilities for individuals and groups assisting with decorations, refreshments, games, and maintenance. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0713
May Day (ddr-csujad-55-1475)
img May Day (ddr-csujad-55-1475)
Scrapbook page containing three black and white photographs of the German May Day celebration at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 118. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, January 20, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-440)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, January 20, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-440)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes report from Postal Committee and a discussion on recreation items and Shinnenkai. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0442
[Carp banner (Koinobori) and Boys Day]: Japanese holidays (ddr-csujad-2-62)
doc [Carp banner (Koinobori) and Boys Day]: Japanese holidays (ddr-csujad-2-62)
Report on the history and culture of "Boys' Day," a Japanese holiday practiced on May 5. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0062
Obon, Rohwer, Arkansas (ddr-csujad-5-339)
img Obon, Rohwer, Arkansas (ddr-csujad-5-339)
Photographed are Akiko An and Kiku Tanimoto, Ayame May Okine, and Dorothy Ai Okine. It is taken during the obon event in the Rohwer incarceration camp. The handwritten notes on the backside read: Obon, Rohwer, Arkansas. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 11. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Toshio Oku photo album (ddr-csujad-3-22)
img Toshio Oku photo album (ddr-csujad-3-22)
Photo album is a collection of landscape and panoramic photos of Tule Lake incarceration camp, holiday greeting cards, photos of a fire, graduation portrait of Toshio Oku, group photo of the Electrical Department, and inside the print shop of the Newell Star. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tos_01_001_023
Holiday greeting card (ddr-csujad-3-19)
img Holiday greeting card (ddr-csujad-3-19)
Christmas card featuring Santa Claus presenting an aerial photo of the Tule Lake incarceration camp showing buildings, a train, and the surrounding landscape. Card reads "Season's greetings." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tos_01_001_020
Holiday greeting card (ddr-csujad-3-17)
img Holiday greeting card (ddr-csujad-3-17)
Christmas card of Santa Claus presenting a landscape photo of the Tule Lake incarceration camp featuring a barbed wire fence, snow covered path to a gate leading outside camp to a railroad crossing, and a hillside. Card reads "Season's greetings." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tos_01_001_018
Holiday greeting card (ddr-csujad-3-16)
img Holiday greeting card (ddr-csujad-3-16)
Christmas card of Santa Claus presenting a photo of the Tule Lake incarceration camp featuring a barbed wire fence, what appears to be a section of a guard tower, and a distant hillside. Card reads "Season's greetings." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tos_01_001_017
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