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.

Sports (183)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Manzanar Committee, Sports and recreation in camp

183 items
Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-394)
img Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-394)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Baseball players in a huddle. This game is very popular with 80 teams having been formed to date. Most of the playing is done in the wide firebreak between blocks of barracks.
Basketball team (ddr-densho-159-265)
img Basketball team (ddr-densho-159-265)
Back (L to R): Frank Goi, unknown, Dag Nakatogawa, Takaji Uo. Front (L to R): John Mizono, Jun Furuno, Floyd Niizawa.
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.

Team Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-610)
img Team Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-610)
"May 1944" as described on back, girls' team posing together
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-528)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-528)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Team Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-611)
img Team Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-611)
"May 1944" as described on back, girls' team posing together
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (June 28, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-28)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (June 28, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-28)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (June 28, 1942). Envelope is postmarked June 29, 1942 from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Painting of a baseball game (ddr-manz-2-2)
img Painting of a baseball game (ddr-manz-2-2)
Caption: "Our guard in the watch tower became a spring baseball fan at Santa Fe."
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.
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.
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.
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