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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Japanese Americans preparing for Christmas (ddr-densho-37-9)
img Japanese Americans preparing for Christmas (ddr-densho-37-9)
Original WRA caption: Through kind donations from thoughtful friends all over the United States, a happy and merry Christmas will be possible for the children of Hunt. Thousands of presents have been sent in day after day, swamping Rec. 21 and overflowing the Federated Christian Church office. Sorting, numbering and labeling for distribution are left to …
Camp Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-680)
img Camp Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-680)
Original WRA caption: Block 36 saw favor in the judge's eyes for fifth place in the Christmas dining hall decorations contest, by its homey atmosphere and clever decorations made out of waste material.
Labor Day parade (ddr-densho-37-321)
img Labor Day parade (ddr-densho-37-321)
Original WRA caption: A parade was held by evacuees to celebrate Labor Day. Great originality in costuming was shown.
Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-70)
img Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-70)
Original WRA caption: Two of the evacuees who participated in the Harvest Festival Parade which was held at this relocation center.
Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-399)
img Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-399)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. A view of some of the school children who participated in the Harvest Festival Parade held at the Gila River center on Thanksgiving Day.
Labor Day parade (ddr-densho-37-375)
img Labor Day parade (ddr-densho-37-375)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A parade was held by evacuees to celebrate labor day. Great originality in costuming was shown.
Dedication ceremony (ddr-densho-37-564)
img Dedication ceremony (ddr-densho-37-564)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. With a fervent prayer, this Japanese Topaz resident, a Christian Minister, opens the dedication ceremonies at the Relocation Center at Topaz.
High school graduation (ddr-densho-37-33)
img High school graduation (ddr-densho-37-33)
Original WRA caption: Students of the Hunt High School dress in caps and gowns for Commencement exercises.
Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-11)
img Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-11)
Original WRA caption: Christmas decorations in Block 1 dining hall.
Labor Day queen and her court (ddr-densho-37-322)
img Labor Day queen and her court (ddr-densho-37-322)
Original WRA caption: The labor day queen and her attendants are shown at the coronation ceremony which was a part of the celebration at this relocation center.
Christmas Eve party (ddr-densho-37-507)
img Christmas Eve party (ddr-densho-37-507)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Mrs. Tomiye Funai brings her two year old daughter Carol to the Christmas Eve Party for the children of Block 7-H at the Granada Relocation Center. There were no trees for the barracks room homes, but each mess hall provided a trimmed tree and presents for the children. …
Harvest Festival (ddr-densho-37-86)
img Harvest Festival (ddr-densho-37-86)
Original WRA caption: Harvest Festival crowds.
Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-679)
img Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-679)
Original WRA caption: Christmas decorations in Dining Hall 34. In the background is a painted scene of the area around the center. The model buildings are a typical block.
Harvest Festival (ddr-densho-37-69)
img Harvest Festival (ddr-densho-37-69)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. A scene at the Harvest Festival held at this relocation center.
Bon Odori (ddr-densho-37-516)
img Bon Odori (ddr-densho-37-516)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. young dancers line up for refreshments during intermission at the Bon Odori dance, August 14, sponsored by the Granada Buddhist Church.
Christmas celebration (ddr-densho-37-503)
img Christmas celebration (ddr-densho-37-503)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Christmas at the Granada Relocation Center didn't provide a Christmas tree for each barracks room home, but there was one at each mess hall, and it is the steward himself in a pair of red pajamas and a Santa Claus mask that makes the yuletide real for these …
Arts and crafts festival (ddr-densho-37-504)
img Arts and crafts festival (ddr-densho-37-504)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Evacuee residents at the Granada Relocation Center, viewing exhibits at the Arts and Crafts Festival in Terry Hall, March 6th to 8th. This festival was sponsored by the Education Division and the "Pioneer," the center newspaper.
Christmas celebration (ddr-densho-39-3)
img Christmas celebration (ddr-densho-39-3)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a Christmas scene at Minidoka internment camp. Fourteen children are with a Santa Claus and one of the children (a girl) is on his knee. The children are either standing or seated on the floor and one is sitting on the table. There are two trees decorated …
Letter from Tatsuo Inouye to his daughters (ddr-densho-394-19)
doc Letter from Tatsuo Inouye to his daughters (ddr-densho-394-19)
Tatsuo Inouye writes to his daughters from the the Tule Lake Stockade. He tells his daughters to be good before Christmas so they will receive good presents.
Letter from Tatsuo Inouye to block manager (ddr-densho-394-13)
doc Letter from Tatsuo Inouye to block manager (ddr-densho-394-13)
Tatsuo Inouye writes a thank you letter to his block manager at Tule Lake.
Christmas card (ddr-manz-4-73)
doc Christmas card (ddr-manz-4-73)
Caption in album: "Greetings from friends."
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