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 …
Crystal City softball team (ddr-densho-91-8)
img Crystal City softball team (ddr-densho-91-8)
All players pictured are Japanese Peruvian except for one Japanese American in the front row, second from left. Art Shibayama is in the front row, third from left.
Baseball game (ddr-densho-93-37)
img Baseball game (ddr-densho-93-37)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Baseball game, Manzanar Relocation Center, Calif. / photograph by Ansel Adams.
Volleyball game (ddr-densho-93-51)
img Volleyball game (ddr-densho-93-51)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Volley Ball game / photograph by Ansel Adams.
Football practice (ddr-densho-93-50)
img Football practice (ddr-densho-93-50)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Football practice, / photograph by Ansel Adams.
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