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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Women in circle (ddr-hmwf-1-54)
img Women in circle (ddr-hmwf-1-54)
"Women in traditional dress joined in a circle"
Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-472)
img Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-472)
"Christmas Party 29-30 Mess Hall, Dec 25-1943" as described on back, Santa Claus handing out gifts
Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-474)
img Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-474)
"Christmas Exercise 22-25 Rec Hall, Dec 22-1943" as described on back, children performing
Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-473)
img Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-473)
"Christmas Exercise 22-25 Rec Hall, Dec 22-1943" as described on back, children performing
Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-461)
img Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-461)
"Christmas Exercise 22-25, Rec Hall, Dec 22 1943, Project Photographer- Bud Aoyama" as described on back, group of kids practicing for a Christmas Exercise
Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-280)
img Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-280)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto-Mikaru Odori 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB-Flash f12 1/100
Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-475)
img Christmas Exercise (ddr-hmwf-1-475)
"Christmas Exercise 22-25 Rec Hall, Dec 22-1943" as described on back, children performing
Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-284)
img Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-284)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto-Mikaru Odori 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB-Stage Light f12 1/100
Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-476)
img Group Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-476)
Group picture of children with Christmas decorations
Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-462)
img Christmas Party (ddr-hmwf-1-462)
"Christmas Party 29-30 Mess Hall, Dec 25-1943" as described on back, children's Christmas party
Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-285)
img Girl dancing (ddr-hmwf-1-285)
"Emi Matsumoto, Banto-Mikaru Odori, 21-30 Mess, Aug 27 1944" as described on back, SuperXX SuperIkontaB- Flash f12 1/100
Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (December 18, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-18)
doc Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (December 18, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-18)
Christmas card to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (December 18, 1943). Blue card with illustration in white of two lambs looking at a shining star. "Joyous Christmas" is on the bottom center on front of card. Envelope is postmarked December 18, 1943 from the Granada (Amache) Incarceration Camp in Amache, Colorado.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 27, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-110)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 27, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-110)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 27, 1943). Envelope is postmarked December 31, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimokochi (December 28, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-57)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimokochi (December 28, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-57)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Yuri Shimokochi (December 28, 1942). Envelope is postmarked December 29, 1942 from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Mary Murakami (December 25, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-32)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Mary Murakami (December 25, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-32)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Mary Murakami (December 25, 1942). Envelope is postmarked December 20, 1942 from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Christmas card (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (c. 1944) (ddr-janm-1-68)
doc Christmas card (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (c. 1944) (ddr-janm-1-68)
Christmas card to Mollie Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (c. 1944). Black card, red border with illustration in red/green/blue of a woman in a Christmas dress holding a yellow handkerchief in one hand and a basket of holly in the other. "Yoo Hoo!" is on the front of card. Envelope is postmarked but does not give a …
Christmas card (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Sako (December 23, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-54)
doc Christmas card (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Sako (December 23, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-54)
Christmas card to Mollie Wilson from Sako (December 23, 1944). Blue/brown card with illustration in brown/red/green of the Three Wise Men on camels following the North Star. Envelope is postmarked December 23, 1944 from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 25, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-115)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 25, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-115)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 25, 1944). Envelope is postmarked December 26, 1944 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Valentine's Day card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (February 1943) (ddr-janm-1-14)
doc Valentine's Day card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (February 1943) (ddr-janm-1-14)
Valentine's Day card to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (February 1943). White/blue card with illustration in blue/red of two singing blue birds with a treble musical scale and red heart in the background. "A valentine message for you" is on the top center on front of card. Envelope is postmarked February 1943 from the Granada (Amache) …
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