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 (66)
Concentration camps (592)
Holidays and festivals (210)

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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.

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
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
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.

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.
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
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
Christmas card from Emma Hesse to Mr. and Mrs. Henry [Katsumi] Fujita, December 21, 1941 (ddr-csujad-23-12)
doc Christmas card from Emma Hesse to Mr. and Mrs. Henry [Katsumi] Fujita, December 21, 1941 (ddr-csujad-23-12)
Card depicts winter scene with snow and people walking down a path. Message from Emma Hesse states: "I pray for you, and ask that all kindness and understanding surround you these days." Object includes envelope showing address in Petaluma, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: lp028-08-012
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