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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Draft of letter to Yoshito Shibata from Yuri Domoto (ddr-densho-356-250)
doc Draft of letter to Yoshito Shibata from Yuri Domoto (ddr-densho-356-250)
Draft of a letter to Yoshito Shibata from Yuri Domoto Tsukada in which she talks about the dusty weather at Amache, the pain of evacuation, her family's joy at hearing from him, and notification of the birth of a nephew.
Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Mr. & Mrs. James Ota (ddr-densho-356-306)
doc Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Mr. & Mrs. James Ota (ddr-densho-356-306)
Christmas card to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Mr. & Mrs. James T. Ota. 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-356-230)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-230)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he discusses his report on his recruitment trip to WRA camps, his recent trip to Minneapolis, his thoughts on Christmas in the army vs. in camp, and censorship of the mail. While in Minneapolis visited a florist that use to do business with the Domoto Bros …
Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Lorenne Pitts (ddr-densho-356-369)
doc Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Lorenne Pitts (ddr-densho-356-369)
Christmas card with a handwritten note to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Lorenne Pitts in which Lorenne provide information about mutual friends. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-321 and ddr-densho-356-413.
Invitation (ddr-densho-356-308)
doc Invitation (ddr-densho-356-308)
Invitation to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada to attend a Christmas Candlelight Ceremonial. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-277 and ddr-densho-356-320.
Heart Mountain YBA Bussei Coronation Ball (ddr-densho-363-13)
img Heart Mountain YBA Bussei Coronation Ball (ddr-densho-363-13)
The caption on the bottom of the photograph reads "Heart Mt. Wyo Bussei Coronation Ball 1943".\n\nPictured from left to right: Sanaye Okita, Kimi Kuwahara, Ruby Ushijima, Bussei Queen Sueko Masuda, Amy Kikuchi, Sumi Kurasaki, Kimi Tamura
Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-258)
img Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-258)
Original WRA caption: Great originality in costumes was show[n] at the Harvest Festival Parade held at this relocation center.
Christmas decoration contest (ddr-densho-37-15)
img Christmas decoration contest (ddr-densho-37-15)
Original WRA caption: Dining hall 32 won fourth place with its beautiful centerpiece complete with life-size Santa Claus in the Christmas dining hall decorations contest.
Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-12)
img Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-12)
Original WRA caption: "Block 1 dining hall." Block residents cleverly decorated their dining halls with waste material for Christmas. The blocks were judged for their decorations and ingenuity.
Japanese Americans sorting Christmas presents (ddr-densho-37-678)
img Japanese Americans sorting Christmas presents (ddr-densho-37-678)
Original WRA caption: Santa's Helpers - 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.
<i>Bon Odori</i> festival (ddr-densho-37-775)
img Bon Odori festival (ddr-densho-37-775)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Part of the approximately 1,000 dancers who participated in the Bon Odori festival sponsored by the Granada Buddhist Church on August 14. Spectators are shown in the background. This dance was held at night on the baseball diamond.
Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-595)
img Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-595)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. One of the floats in the Thanksgiving day Harvest Festival Parade.
Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-73)
img Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-73)
Original WRA caption: Three costumes that were worn in the Harvest Festival Parade held at this relocation center.
Christmas decoration contest (ddr-densho-37-14)
img Christmas decoration contest (ddr-densho-37-14)
Original WRA caption: Block 36 saw favor in the judges' eyes for fifth place in the Christmas dining hall decorations contest, by its homey atmosphere and clever decorations made out of waste material.
Japanese Americans sorting Christmas gifts (ddr-densho-37-7)
img Japanese Americans sorting Christmas gifts (ddr-densho-37-7)
Original WRA caption: SANTA'S HELPERS -- 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.
Camp Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-13)
img Camp Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-13)
Original WRA caption: "Block 13." Block residents cleverly decorated their dining halls with waste material for Christmas. The blocks were judged for their decorations and ingenuity.
Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-72)
img Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-72)
Original WRA caption: This float in the Harvest Festival consisted of garden produce from the farm at this relocation center.
Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-71)
img Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-71)
Original WRA caption: Farm workers who participated in the Harvest Festival Parade held at this relocation center. Their hats were fashioned from turnips.
Japanese Americans preparing for Christmas (ddr-densho-37-8)
img Japanese Americans preparing for Christmas (ddr-densho-37-8)
Original WRA caption: SANTA'S HELPERS--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.
Harvest Festival dance (ddr-densho-37-791)
img Harvest Festival dance (ddr-densho-37-791)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. A view at a dance given to celebrate the Harvest Festival, which was held on Thanksgiving day at Camp #2.
Bon Odori (ddr-densho-37-517)
img Bon Odori (ddr-densho-37-517)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Although music for the Bon Odori held August 14, was furnished by phonograph records and a loud speaker, it was supplemented by the two drummers shown. They are, left to right, Koshiro Kumagai and Jutaro Gondo. The Bon Odori was sponsored by the Granada Buddhist Church.
Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-68)
img Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-68)
Original WRA caption: Two of the participants of the Harvest Festival Parade, which was witnessed by a large crowd of the residents at this relocation center.
Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-67)
img Harvest Festival Parade (ddr-densho-37-67)
Original WRA caption: Some of the evacuees who participated in the Harvest Festival Parade held at this relocation center.
New Year's dance (ddr-densho-37-128)
img New Year's dance (ddr-densho-37-128)
This New Year's dance was held at the camp's hospital.
Summer Carnival Parade (ddr-densho-37-469)
img Summer Carnival Parade (ddr-densho-37-469)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Amache Summer Carnival Parade.
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