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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Holidays and festivals (268)

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Christmas greetings especially for you (ddr-csujad-55-1321)
img Christmas greetings especially for you (ddr-csujad-55-1321)
Silk screen Christmas card featuring two poinsettias and a calligraphy greeting. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1323
Lil Neebo season's greetings (ddr-csujad-55-1320)
img Lil Neebo season's greetings (ddr-csujad-55-1320)
Silk screen Christmas card featuring cartoon character, Lil Neebo. Lil Neebo was originally created by Chris Ishi for the Santa Anita Pacemaker. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1322
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
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
Hunt Hi-lites anniversary (December 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1934)
doc Hunt Hi-lites anniversary (December 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1934)
Special Christmas edition of the newsletter published by Hunt High School at Minidoka incarceration camp. Covers events, activities, news, and opinion related to Hunt High School students. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1937
Christmas card from Japanese Spokesman's office to Miss Mary F. Clark, 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-1406)
doc Christmas card from Japanese Spokesman's office to Miss Mary F. Clark, 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-1406)
Christmas card from the Japanese Spokesman's office to Mary Clark. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 66. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1408
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, January 24, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-441)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, January 24, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-441)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes discussion on Shinnenkai and recreation. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0443
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
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
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
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
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
Amache summer carnival program (ddr-csujad-7-18)
doc Amache summer carnival program (ddr-csujad-7-18)
Program listing events and showing locations for a carnival put on by the incarcerees at Amache. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_Amache Summer Carnival
Flag ceremony (ddr-densho-113-14)
img Flag ceremony (ddr-densho-113-14)
These children are watching a flag ceremony near the elementary school in Minidoka concentration camp.
Camp Christmas card (ddr-densho-13-29)
doc Camp Christmas card (ddr-densho-13-29)
This is the interior of a Christmas card that was designed by a camp inmate.
Children caroling (ddr-densho-152-12)
img Children caroling (ddr-densho-152-12)
Original caption: "School children caroling on Dec. 22. Miss Hirano directing."
Letter to two Nisei brothers from their sister (ddr-densho-153-94)
doc Letter to two Nisei brothers from their sister (ddr-densho-153-94)
Excerpt: "I got up at 10 to 8 and I was tired enough to stay in bed all day." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, to Chicago, Illinois.
Letter to two Nisei brothers from their sister (ddr-densho-153-100)
doc Letter to two Nisei brothers from their sister (ddr-densho-153-100)
Excerpt: "I don't know what to say because I still can't get over the big shock which was occurred in the afternoon hours." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, to Chicago, Illinois.
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