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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It Always Comes (ddr-densho-498-56)
doc It Always Comes (ddr-densho-498-56)
A Christmas poem by Kimii Nagata, who is celebrating her 3rd Christmas in a relocation center.
Camp Christmas card (ddr-densho-274-66)
doc Camp Christmas card (ddr-densho-274-66)
This is a Christmas card designed by a camp inmate.
Song lists (ddr-densho-280-13)
doc Song lists (ddr-densho-280-13)
Two typed pages of popular song lyrics, including Christmas songs.
Children in line for santa (ddr-densho-313-80)
img Children in line for santa (ddr-densho-313-80)
This photo was taken December 22, 1945 at Minidoka. Darlene Shigeno, daughter of Yoshio and Masaye, is shown scratching her head while waiting in line to see Santa.
A toddler at Christmas (ddr-densho-315-20)
img A toddler at Christmas (ddr-densho-315-20)
Jesse "Duke" Brimhall standing next to a Christmas tree with toys.
A toddler at Christmas (ddr-densho-315-21)
img A toddler at Christmas (ddr-densho-315-21)
Jesse "Duke" Brimhall standing next to a Christmas tree with toys.
Mother's Day card (ddr-densho-324-74)
doc Mother's Day card (ddr-densho-324-74)
Mother's Day card sent to Ryoko Uno in Tule Lake concentration camp.
Page of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi Scrapbook (ddr-densho-325-27)
doc Page of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi Scrapbook (ddr-densho-325-27)
Timeline of highlights from 1942 and 1943 from Tule Lake concentration camp as well as several New Years columns.
Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Min (ddr-densho-356-302)
doc Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Min (ddr-densho-356-302)
Christmas card to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Minoru Yonekura. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-277 and ddr-densho-356-320.
Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Yuki Kamayatsu (ddr-densho-356-304)
doc Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Yuki Kamayatsu (ddr-densho-356-304)
Christmas card to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yuki Kamayatsu. Inside the card is a message to Yuri about life in Denver and a plan to see each other soon. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-277 and ddr-densho-356-320.
Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Enoch and Margaret Dumas (ddr-densho-356-305)
doc Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Enoch and Margaret Dumas (ddr-densho-356-305)
Christmas card to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Margaret Dumas with a message on the back answering some question left from Yuriko's stay at the Dumas's. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-277 and ddr-densho-356-320.
Amache Carnival Souvenir (ddr-densho-356-1042)
doc Amache Carnival Souvenir (ddr-densho-356-1042)
A silk screen printed image on a tag. The image is of an cartoon Native American head with the words "Carnival So--nir 1943 Compliments of Silk Screen" surrounding it.
Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto (ddr-densho-356-371)
doc Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto (ddr-densho-356-371)
Christmas card to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-321 and ddr-densho-356-413.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Min Yonekura (ddr-densho-356-373)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Min Yonekura (ddr-densho-356-373)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Minoru Yonekura in which Min writes his hope for the new year, how he celebrated Christmas, and possible plans to move to Seattle. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-321 and ddr-densho-356-413.
Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto and Wakako Domoto from Emi (ddr-densho-356-309)
doc Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto and Wakako Domoto from Emi (ddr-densho-356-309)
Christmas card to Yuri Domoto and Wakako Domoto from Emi. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-277 and ddr-densho-356-320.
Letter to Yuri Tsukada from Wakako Domoto (ddr-densho-356-275)
doc Letter to Yuri Tsukada from Wakako Domoto (ddr-densho-356-275)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from her sister Wakako Domoto in which she details issues finding housing in Berkeley due to racism, the politics at her office surrounding the quitting of a supervisor and the hiring of a replacement, and some local gossip from their hometown.
Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Ilona Imamura (ddr-densho-356-307)
doc Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Ilona Imamura (ddr-densho-356-307)
Christmas card to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Ilona Imamura. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-277 and ddr-densho-356-320.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-233)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-233)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata that includes a menu from Camp Savage's Christmas dinner. In the letter Yoshito writes about his happiness that the Christmas celebrations Yuri described in her last letter were joyful. He also writes about the gifts he mailed her, the gifts soldiers at Camp Savage received, wanting to carbon …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-232)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-232)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he acknowledges receiving two letters from Yuri, what the Christmas celebration was like at Camp Savage, the response to his report on the recruitment trip to WRA camps, meeting Chris Ishii, the change in daily routine at Camp Savage to include more physical training, inquires into …
Easter Service Program (ddr-densho-356-815)
doc Easter Service Program (ddr-densho-356-815)
Program for Easter Service at the Granada Christian Church on April 25, 1943.
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