Tessaku (Barbed Wire) was a literary magazine mimeographed in a Japanese relocation camp located in Tule Lake, a desolate part of northern California, a few miles from the Oregon border. While many of the camps had community newspapers, internees also published magazines including Dotō (Raging Billows) [Tule Lake, California] and Hāto Maunten Bungei (Heart Mountain Literature) [Heart Mountain, Wyoming]. Only nine issues of Tessaku, appearing sporadically, were printed. This rare sixth issue was published in celebration of the 1945 New Year. Such ephemera, intended for a short life span, are valuable for their ability to convey the texture of life in the camps.