Religion

Japanese Americans used religion as one way to handle the stress of the incarceration experience. Church served as both a spiritual comfort and a place for community gatherings. On Sundays, Buddhist and Christian services and Sunday schools were held in the recreation halls. State Shintoism was another popular religion within the Japanese American community but was banned by the U.S. government on the grounds that it included "Emperor worship." Church services initially were given in both Japanese and English, but camp authorities later banned the use of Japanese at all group gatherings (although translation into Japanese was later permitted at some religious services).

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Wedding portrait (ddr-manz-4-9)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-manz-4-9)
Caption: "Sincerely yours, / Mr. & Mrs. Ota / 12/22/42. Caption in album: "To: Rev. and Mrs. Nagatomi."
Photograph of Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day (ddr-manz-4-106)
img Photograph of Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day (ddr-manz-4-106)
Caption: "Manzanar Keiro Kan (Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day) sponsored by YBA (Young Buddhist Association), September 26, 1943, Rev. Nagatomi and Mayeda in attendance."
Album of Shinjo Nagatomi (ddr-manz-4-1)
doc Album of Shinjo Nagatomi (ddr-manz-4-1)
Caption in album: "Collections of Manzanar Relocation Center during the years 1942-1943."
View of barracks and Mt. Williamson (ddr-manz-4-19)
img View of barracks and Mt. Williamson (ddr-manz-4-19)
Caption in album: "A beautiful view of Mt. Williamson."
Memo from the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-168)
doc Memo from the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-168)
Invitation to an "Appreciation Dinner and Entertainment Night."
Memo from the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-51)
doc Memo from the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-51)
A thank you to members for a successful Obon celebration.
Group photograph outside the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-21)
img Group photograph outside the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-21)
Caption in album: "Ohiganye gathering - Sept-42 / Board of Directors and Sunday School Teachers."
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