Sports

Sports were a major form of recreation for the Issei and Nisei in the camps. Baseball became the preferred sport for both, although basketball and football were also popular among the Nisei. Organized teams, often consisting of friends from prewar neighborhoods, played each other in highly competitive matches. Other sports, like ping-pong, judo, boxing, badminton, and sumo wrestling were also popular pastimes.

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Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-7-5)
vh Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1011-7-5)
Competing against sports teams from non-Japanese American communities outside camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of …

Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-259-15)
vh Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-259-15)
Participating in track and field in camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Frank S. Fujii Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-8-16)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-8-16)
Sports leagues in Tule Lake concentration camp

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Frank S. Fujii Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-8-17)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-8-17)
Organizing sports teams based on cities of origin

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

[Sumo group at camp] (ddr-csujad-56-311)
img [Sumo group at camp] (ddr-csujad-56-311)
Group of sumo wrestlers at camp sitting crosslegged on grass. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the Akutagawa family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
Judo class (ddr-densho-37-536)
img Judo class (ddr-densho-37-536)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A Judo class. Classes are held every afternoon and evening at this relocation center.
Football squad (ddr-densho-37-546)
img Football squad (ddr-densho-37-546)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A football squad at the Rohwer Center.
Women playing softball (ddr-densho-37-332)
img Women playing softball (ddr-densho-37-332)
Original WRA caption: "Manzanar, California. [Unreadable] life goes between work hours for Japanese evacuees living at the Manzanar relocation center. Maye Noma crouches behind the plate as [unreadable] goes to bat in a practice game between members of a Los Angeles softball team which came intact to camp." Part of the WRA caption was covered by …
Judo class (ddr-densho-37-545)
img Judo class (ddr-densho-37-545)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A Judo class at this relocation area. Classes are held every afternoon and evening.
Girls' basketball game (ddr-densho-37-817)
img Girls' basketball game (ddr-densho-37-817)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Basketball games are part of the regular scheduled recreational events, which help to fill out the lives of residents in relocation centers. These girls are participating in a nip and tuck game, which frequently brought the spectators to their feet.
Japanese Americans picking sports teams (ddr-densho-37-543)
img Japanese Americans picking sports teams (ddr-densho-37-543)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Dick Kunishima, Coach and former California High School Athletic Director, tears his team apart between halves of a Stockton - Santa Anita Game.
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