JA Trivia Quiz

Arts & Crafts from Camp Trivia Quiz

Congratulations to our winner D. Terada of San Jose, CA who will be receiving our special prize package of a signed copy of The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945, Harsh Canvas: The Art and Life of Henry Sugimoto on VHS, a Lasting Beauty mural mug, and a Crafting History postcard set.

Thanks to all of you who entered our fourth JA Trivia Quiz!



1. In which country did artist Henry Sugimoto NOT spend time in?

[a] Japan

[b] Mexico

[c] United States

[d] Peru

[e] France

Henry Sugimoto was born in Japan in 1900. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 19. Before World War II, he traveled to France, Mexico, and various scenic locations throughout California where he primarily painted landscapes.

He was sent with his family to Jerome, then Rohwer, Arkansas during the war. After leaving the camps, he relocated to New York, where he lived until his death in 1990.

2. In which camps were painted, carved wooden bird pins made?

[a] Jerome, Manzanar, and Tule Lake

[b] Heart Mountain, Topaz, and Gila River

[c] Rohwer, Minidoka, Heart Mountain, and Poston

[d] Amache, Jerome, Rohwer, Minidoka

[e] all ten camps

Carved wooden bird pins were made in all ten camps. They were all very similarly made, and included a wide variety of types of birds. Made from scrap pieces of wood (often from crates that the eggs came in), some had wire feet that the artist clipped from the edges of barrack screens.

3. Which Japanese American artist did not teach art at the Tanforan Assembly Center and Topaz Relocation Center?

[a] Chiura Obata

[b] Mine Okubo

[c] Hideo Date

[d] Hisako Hibi

[e] Byron Takashi Tsuzuki

Although all of these artists taught art in camp, Hideo Date was the only one listed that wasn't at Tanforan and Topaz. He taught art at Heart Mountain in Wyoming.

4. During World War II, eight murals were painted by students of Miss Mabel Rose Jamison at Rohwer High School in Arkansas for a new auditorium building being built by the Public Works Division at Rohwer. What were the final pieces executed on?

[a] beaver board

[b] cotton cloth

[c] metal cans

[d] rocks

[e] canvas

Their selected theme was 'History of the Evacuation'. After the war, the building was used as the Delta Special School until the 1960s when it was destroyed in a fire. Preliminary paintings were done on cloth sheets (possibly bed sheets) prior to the final murals. The murals were completed in 1944, and are interesting because they are from a high school student's perspective.

Mabel Rose Jamison was the Head of the Art Department, and an art teacher at Rohwer High School in Arkansas during World War II. Henry Sugimoto worked as an art teacher under her. Miss Jamison would go to local stores for scraps of fabric, or whatever she could obtain for her students – including metal cans and rocks.

5. What type of large piece of furniture are the Nishiura brothers, Shinzaburo and Gentaro, noted to have made while at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, and then returned home with them to San Jose after World War II?

[a] bed

[b] coffee table

[c] butsudan (Buddhist altar)

[d] phonograph player

[e] rocking chair

After being evacuated to Heart Mountain, Shinzaburo and Gentaro Nishiura carved beautiful Butsudan to be used for services while incarcerated, including one that is nearly five feet tall and adorned with intricate carvings.

This piece was donated to the San Jose Buddhist Church and then the Gilroy Buddhist Community Hall where it was used for many years. In 2001 it was donated to the National Museum. It was shown in the Crafting History: Arts and Crafts from America’s Concentration Camps exhibition and is included in the postcard set.


To read more about this subject, read our related story: "Arts & Crafts from the World War II American Concentration Camps" (click on the story title link to read the story)!


Official rules for the JA quiz:

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PRIZE: The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945 signed by Karin M. Higa, Harsh Canvas: The Art and Life of Henry Sugimoto (VHS), Lasting Beauty mural mug, and a Crafting History postcard set.

TO ENTER: Email us your answers to the 5 questions above along with your full name, address, and email address. Entries without complete contact information will not be accepted. Answers must be received between February 3, 2005 and March 20, 2005.

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