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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70th Anniversary of the Japanese Congregational Church (ddr-densho-474-53)
doc 70th Anniversary of the Japanese Congregational Church (ddr-densho-474-53)
The Japanese Congregational Church's 70th Anniversary book traces the history of JCC within the context of national and local events.
Graduation announcement (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (June 13, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-112)
doc Graduation announcement (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (June 13, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-112)
Manzanar High School graduation announcement from to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (June 13, 1944). White card with illustration in bronze of the profile view of two graduates. Envelope is postmarked June 13, 1944 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 14, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-65)
doc Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 14, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-65)
Christmas card to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 14, 1943). White card, brown scroll-type border with illustration in blue/white/red of a snowy village with people gathered around a Christmas tree. Envelope is postmarked December 14, 1943 from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 26, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-104)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 26, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-104)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 26, 1942). Envelope is postmarked December 30, 1942 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 17, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-103)
doc Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 17, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-103)
Christmas card to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 17, 1942). White card with illustration in blue/red of a standing Eskimo and a sitting African American. "North and South it's on everyone's mouth - Merry Christmas to you" is on the front center of card. Envelope is postmarked December 17, 1942 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp …
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.
Flag dedication (ddr-fom-1-907)
img Flag dedication (ddr-fom-1-907)
WRA caption on reverse: "Dedication of the project flag and flag pole in the administration area conducted by Hunt Boy Scouts. Attended by representatives of American Legion post of Twin Falls, Idaho, civic officials of Twin Falls and Jerome, Idaho, and the Military Police Escort Guarge Company. At left is high school choir. At right are …
Men and women dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-55)
img Men and women dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-55)
"Men and women in traditional dress in front of barracks"
Women dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-56)
img Women dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-56)
"Women in traditional dress dancing around float structure"
Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-463)
img Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-463)
"Christmas Party 29-30 Mess Hall, Dec 25-1943, Bud Aoyama Project Photographer" as described on back
Girls Dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-271)
img Girls Dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-271)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto-Mikaru Odori 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB-Flash f12 1/100
Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-464)
img Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-464)
"Christmas Party 29-30 Mess Hall, Dec 25-1943" as described on back
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