Current Society News

2015 Membership Dues

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
July Luncheon

Over sixty of us enjoyed our luncheon celebrating this festival as Chef Julia Dunaway cooked and organized our various food stations, including the popular takoyaki stand with Akiko Sonnenmann and Mikako Daniel. Chef Kevin Martinez brought out his food truck again and served yakitori. He also had a friend make red bean ice cream which was praised by all. Marcia King led us in making kirigami (paper cutting), Lisa Meyer played the Japanese part of the Tanabata story and Lisa Reinhart played the English version with our kamishibai theater. And of course, all of us had a chance to hang our wish, tanzaku, on our wish tree.

Texas Rangers Japan America Friendship Night

The Texas Rangers set aside Monday, August 17th as “Japan America Friendship Night.” The heat kept most of us away, but our Dondoko Taiko Drummers were dramatically greeting Ranger fans with the sound of their drumming. The Rangers won that evening beating the Seattle Mariners 4 to 3.

Gift of Hagoita Paddles

Two beautiful hagoita paddles were donated to our society by Masashi Yanagisawa, a professor in the School of Medicine at University Tsukuba. Some may remember him as the person who entertained us with his flute playing several years ago. We will find a nice place to add them to our décor.

Sendai Students Visit Fort Worth

Six high school students with their adult supervisors visited Fort Worth on August 6 and had lunch at Joe T. Garcia Mexican restaurant. These were student ambassadors from the Dallas/Sendai Sister City program and they wanted to include Fort Worth in their area sightseeing. Their entire visit was organized by Cori Hallock, a member of the FWJS board who is now the Program Manager for the Japan American Society of DFW.

September Luncheon - The Legacy of Heart Mountain

We will have pot luck for this luncheon, and while we are enjoying the food, we will play the movie “The Legacy of Heart Mountain,” an Emmy Award-Winning documentary story about the Japanese internment during WWII. Please don’t hesitate to bring your children – we will also show Japanese anime in the front classroom for them during the same time.

Japanese Garden Fall Festival
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Oct 24th & 25th - The Fall 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. Sign-up sheets are at the front table at the Yamagata Center, fill out the online volunteer sheet here (Volunteer Recruitment Form) , or you can contact the head of each activity listed in the newsletter.

November Luncheon - Annual Bazaar

Nov 29th - We have in the past had our Bazaar in December, but for this year, we are moving it up to the last Sunday in November. The Japanese Palace Restaurant has always graciously allowed us to have our event there, and so it will held there again. This very popular event will feature okonomiyaki and yaki-soba, grilled at the cooking tables (teppan), obento (one type including nigiri sushi with raw fish, and one type with all cooked foods), bake sale featuring many Japanese sweets. More information will be provided in our next newsletter.

Fort Worth Japanese Society Nagaoka Exchange Scholarship

We are announcing a scholarship for a society member student which will help pay to join the Fort Worth Sister Cities summer student exchange program for 2016. Please see another page in this newsletter for more details. This scholarship is for students from 8th to 12th grades. Applications due Oct 17th, 2015.

Japanese Language School

Mr. Makio Nishida has been the principal of our language school for many years now, and has requested to retire from this position. Harvey Yamagata will act as the principal beginning this fall semester. We are very thankful that Nishida-sensei has been supporting our school for so long.


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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