Current Society News

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January is when it's time to renew your FWJS Membership but you can still renew at any time! Join us at one of our monthly luncheons or send a check. Check our Membership page for details.

Previous Month(s) Wrap up
February Luncheon - Okonomiyaki

Over forty members and guests attended our February luncheon at which time we learned about the varieties of Okonomiyaki in Japan. We had ten griddles so that all of us would be able to make our food at the same time. We stretched extension cords from various outlets in the building to avoid overloading the electric circuit, and fortunately, except for a short outage at one table, we managed to keep everything going. We had enough batter for two large pancakes per person, and we used every drop. We were all making Osaka style okonomiyaki and Chef Julia Dunaway made a Hiroshima version which includes yakisoba, and passed bite-sized pieces for all to try. Now that we have these new griddles, we’ll have to find other ways to use them.

Fort Worth Sister Cities International - Oshogatshu Dinner

Sister Cities celebrated the Japanese new years with their own Oshogatsu dinner on Thursday, January 21 . Thank you to all of you FWJS members who came to help.

Tea Ceremony at the Japanese Gardens

Sponsored by the FWJS, the Urasenke Tankokai tea ceremony group gave their second demonstration on Saturday, February 20 . If you are interested in being a participating guest, please contact Zara Soens at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Society, 817- 392-5548 or email

March Luncheon - Hinamatsuri

Mar 20th 12:30pm - In March, we will celebrate Hinamatsuri (Girls Day). Typically, for this holiday in Japan, homes exhibit their multi-tiered Hina doll sets like the one we have on permanent display in our kaikan. Mikako Daniel will explain the story of Hina dolls and about this very special Japanese Holiday. We will also make origami, in particular the emperor and empress which are always featured in the doll display.

On this day, many Japanese girls dress in their kimonos. If you would like, please come in your kimonos. We have kimonos at the kaikan, so if you would like to wear one of our kimonos for the luncheon, come by from 11 :00AM and Haruko Herness will help you put one of them on for the occasion. Food will be chirashizushi, sunomono and miso soup. $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8-12, free for children 7 and under. RSVP by Sunday Mar. 13 . Please let us know your name and the number in your group so that we will have enough food. Also, if you would like to wear one of our kimonos, we will need your name so Haruko can prepare to help you. RSVP to or call Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email

Japanese Garden Spring Festival
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Apr 23rd & 24th - The Spring Festival in the Fort Worth Japanese Gardens is a great opportunity to share what we know of Japanese culture to the general public. And everyone who volunteers has a great time. Saturday April 23rd the from 10am to 5 pm and Sunday Apr 24th from 11am to 5 pm. Volunteer sign-up sheets will be on the table by the front door of the society building. See the other page in this newsletter if you wish to contact the leaders for each event directly.

Fort Worth Japanese Society to be awarded Bridges-to-Friendship Award

April 25th - The Japan America Society of Dallas-Fort Worth is honoring our society for 30 years of bringing Japanese culture to our American community. The former Ambassador of Japan to the U.S. from 2008 to 2012, Ichiro Fujisaki will be honored with the Sun & Star Legacy Award. The ceremony will be held on Monday, April 25 Galleria Hotel in Dallas.

Garage Sale - April

Apr 30th - The date has changed from April 16th to April 30th. We haven''t had any official society garage sale in a few years so there must be plenty of good stuff to put on sale. Garage Sales are a reminder that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. This has always be a good money raiser for us, so please look around your home and donate to the sale. More details to follow, including when we can arrange for your donation drop-off.

May Luncheon - Tango no Sekku

May 15th - In May, we will celebrate Tango no Sekku (Boy’s Day). We’ll have a presentation on the background of the holiday, our Boy’s Day collection of dolls, make our own koi, fly kites and see how we fare walking on Japanese stilts. Food for this day will be Barbecue and mochi ice cream (mochi is a traditional favorite on Tango no Sekku).

RSVP by Monday May 9 . Please let us know your name and the number in your group so that we will have enough food. RSVP to or call Harvey Yamagata at 817- 737-9166 or email

Dondoko Taiko Drum Group

This is one of our popular programs. If you want to learn how to play these Japanese Drums, have Sunday evenings open for practice, and have opportunities to perform at public events like the Japanese Garden Spring and Fall Festivals.

Japanese Classical Dance

This group meets every Monday, 11am-1pm, at the Yamagata Center. Please contact Teruko Greene at 817-294-2224 for more information. Mrs. Keio Miyamoto is the instructor.

Japanese Language Class

Spring Semester will start on Monday, January 20. Please refer to our school website for our refund policy.

Kurumi Ningyo

Join the 17 members who meet twice a month to work on these elegant works of art. The group meets on Wednesdays, 10am-2pm. Please contact Nobuko Foshee at 817-738-4524 for November and December schedule.

Member News

The 411

We’d like to know what our members are doing, and if we can, support you in your efforts. Please send all news to or to his address at 4220 Ridgehaven Rd. Fort Worth, TX 76116.




We have a couple of writers in our midst. Ian Yamagata just released his first work of fiction, The Mark of the Remaker. If you or some you know is interested in Heroic Fantasy, this mixture of adventure, science fiction and fantasy will capture the imagination. Mark of the Remaker is available at or at online booksellers such as





Eric Bakutis, son of David and BJ Bakutis is also an author. Here is what one reviewer wrote about Eric’s book, Glyphbinder: "...weaves a spell that captures the reader's attention and imagination and doesn't release them until the last page is read." --Ronald Garner, Editor, Silence in the Library Press. Glyphbiner is available at or at online booksellers such as


Charity News

Earthquake & Tsunami News

去る3月11日に起きました東北関東大震災、またその直後に東北地方太平洋沿岸を襲った大津波により、1万人を超える尊い命が奪われ、今なお1万人 を超す行方不明の方がいらっしゃることに、フォートワース日本人会の会員一同、心よりお悔やみ申し上げます。 また、日本にご在住の皆さまのご家族、ご友 人のご無事をお祈りいたします。

わが日本人会でも、こちらに居住する日本人および日本を愛する者たちとして、被災地から遠く離れたフォートワースで何ができるかを考え、今までに募 金活動やベイクセール、折り紙プロジェクトなど近郊団体などと力を合わせて行ってまいりました。 また、来月にフォートワース日本庭園で開催されます春祭 りでも、フォートワース姉妹都市協会などの他団体と同様に募金活動を行います。 それ以外にも、当会として募金活動や支援活動などに関わる際には、随時お 知らせしていく予定です。

現在、さまざまな団体、組織が義援金を募集しています。 オンラインや小切手送付にて寄付をお考えの方、アメリカ赤十字社( やダラス日本人会( でも、募金を受け付けていますので、ぜひご協力お願いいたします。




On Friday March 11th, a strong earthquake struck the north east part of Japan.  More than 10,000 people have lost their precious lives and about 16,000 people are still missing from earthquakes and subsequent huge tsunami caused by the quake.  Our thoughts go out to the people of Japan who were affected by the disaster.   We hope that your family and friends in Japan are safe and well.

We, Fort Worth Japanese Society, have been involved in Japan relief fundraising; bake sales, and senbazuru (thousand origami cranes) projects, cooperating with other organizations and societies in our local  communities, hoping we could be of some assistance to people in Japan, even though we are far away.  At the Fort Worth Japanese Garden Spring Festival in April, you will see our donation boxes as well as those many other groups, such as Fort Worth Sister Cities.  Regarding the details for upcoming relief activities and charities, we will keep you posted in our website.  

Other than ourselves, there are lots of organizations who are currently raising donations.  For those who wish to contribute to a relief fund by check or online, you can do so with American Red Cross of Dallas ( and Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth (

Though we are rather a small organization, we will continue to pray and assist people in Japan with relief fund and recovery effort.


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