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 (196)

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

196 items
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 6 (April 13, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-11)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 6 (April 13, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-11)
Selected article titles: "Co-ordinators Tender Resignations: Return to Normal State Given Reason for Action" (p. 1, 3), "H. Black Quells Segregation and Repatriation Rumors" (p. 1, 4), "Reserve Corps Status Defined" (p. 1), and "Fiscal Section Reveals 5011 Colonists on WRA Payroll" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 27 (August 31, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-33)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 27 (August 31, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-33)
Selected article titles: "Further Action on Tule Draft Case Dropped" (p. 1), "Stockade: Isolation Area Empty; Occupants Return Home" (p. 1), and "Sending V-Mail in Japanese Permissible" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 17 (April 27, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-66)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 17 (April 27, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-66)
Selected article titles: "Justice Dept.: 18 Transferred to Crystal City" (p. 1), "April: 14 Relocate from Center" (p. 2), "Jury Clears 3 Accused of Raid on Doi Farm Home" (p. 2), and "News of Former Tuleans in St. Louis Received" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 7 (February 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-56)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 7 (February 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-56)
Selected article titles: "Dept. of Justice: Status of Renunciants Defined by Rothestein" (pp. 1-2), "WRA Closes Quarters of Hoshi, Hokoku Seinen Dan" (pp. 1-2), "Excludees Now Able to Relocated East and South" (p. 2), and "Contact with Japan Through Red Cross" (p. 4).
Golf Club (ddr-hmwf-1-512)
img Golf Club (ddr-hmwf-1-512)
"Heart Mt. Golf Club, Sept 5 1943, 1:30pm, l f12.7 1/50 G3, Agfa Superpan Supreme D76 33min" as described on back
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-511)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-511)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Letter to a Nisei man from his brother (ddr-densho-153-57)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his brother (ddr-densho-153-57)
Excerpt: "Sorry I haven't written in such a long time, but since I am involved in school politics along with 5 solids, it keeps me pretty well occupied." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, to Chicago, Illinois.
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.

Hasegawa Family (ddr-csujad-8-16)
doc Hasegawa Family (ddr-csujad-8-16)
Oral history interview with the Hasegawas, including Ray, Helen, Peter, Yoshino, Becky and George Hasegawa. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Hasegawa Family
Boys playing basketball at Granada incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-45)
img Boys playing basketball at Granada incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-45)
Boys playing basketball at Granada incarceration camp. December 11, 1942. Photo by Tom Parker. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_TOMO_f10
Chapter 8, 9, 10 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-35)
doc Chapter 8, 9, 10 personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-35)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including movies, dances, dissatisfaction with recreation, family dynamics, desire to leave camp, cultural and generational differences, and weather. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class assignment and collected for the ...
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