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 (186)

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

186 items
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 29 (September 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-35)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 29 (September 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-35)
Selected article titles: "8000 Attend Undokai; Ward VIII Wins Title" (pp. 1, 6), "First Escheat Action Filed in Orange County" (p. 1), and "WRA Policy on Eye Glass Indemnity Given" (p. 1).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 34 (August 24, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-82)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 34 (August 24, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-82)
Selected article titles: "District Relocation Office to Open Monday" (p. 1), "Additional Relocation Pamphlets Arrive Here" (p. 2), and "Center Ward Softball Title at Stake Tonite" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 41 (October 12, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-89)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 41 (October 12, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-89)
Selected article titles: "'Justice Dept. Officials Here Not in Position to Give Advice'--Williams" (pp. 1-2), "Closing of WRA Centers Running Ahead of Time" (p. 1), "Att. at Granada Gives Advice to Property Owner" (p. 5), and "Relocators May Now File Death Pension Claims" (p. 5).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 21 (May 25, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-70)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 21 (May 25, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-70)
Selected article titles: "May 12 Figures: 661 Casualties among Nisei from Centers" (p. 1), "Third Anniversary of Tule Lake This Sunday" (p. 2), "Closing Dates for Center Schools Set Says Myer" (p. 3), and "Former Tulean Commits Suicide" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 30 (September 21, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-36)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 30 (September 21, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-36)
Selected article titles: "Adopt Resolution to Send Gifts to Japanese Soldiers Held by US: Gift Drive Expected in Near Future" (p. 1), "Myer Reports 45 Center Nisei Killed in Italy; Tule Casualties Given" (pp. 1-2), "Mexicans Want to Intern Japanese" (p. 1), and "Department of Justice: Report Shows Decrease in Alien Population" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 16 (April 20, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-65)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 16 (April 20, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-65)
Selected article titles: "Myer Speaks to Representative Groups During 4-Day Visit Here: Explains Policies of the WRA" (pp. 1, 6), "Doi Describes Arson Attacks at Court Trial" (p. 2), and "Hospital Opens Japanese School" (p. 5). Page 7 is mislabeled as page 6.
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-530)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-530)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (July 9, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-49)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (July 9, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-49)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (July 9, 1943). Envelope is postmarked July 10, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (October 25, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-107)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (October 25, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-107)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (October 25, 1943). Envelope is postmarked October 26, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-527)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-527)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game beside barracks
Letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) (ddr-janm-1-95)
doc Letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) (ddr-janm-1-95)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-526)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-526)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game near barracks and coal pile
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-531)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-531)
"April 11-1944, Leica" as described on back, children playing together between barracks
Girls basketball team (ddr-densho-159-253)
img Girls basketball team (ddr-densho-159-253)
Front (L to R): Amy Miyano, Hiroko Kashiwabara, Margaret Morita, Mazie Asakawa. Back row, left: Teruko Miyano. Back row, right: Rose Morita.
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 ...

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.

A Tule Lake Interlude (ddr-densho-291-1)
doc A Tule Lake Interlude (ddr-densho-291-1)
This collection of poems and stories related to life in Tule Lake was published on concentration camp's first anniversary.
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