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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
November Luncheon - Annual Japanese Food Bazaar

It’s never an overstatement to say our Annual Bazaar is a delicious occasion. There were tasty Japanese confections, Japanese groceries, sushi and cooked obento, as well as okonomiyaki and yaki- soba grilled at the cooking tables (teppan). Thank you all who came to the event and thanks to all who volunteered their time and effort during the bazaar and prior to prepare the delicious food (I’ll take a bow here for the okonomiyaki batter and tamago yaki). A special thank you goes to the Japanese Palace event Restaurant for again hosting our

Oshogatsu (new Year's) Luncheon

I write the Society News slowly so I am often reading the prior paragraphs as I write. I notice that I often write about food and how delicious everything was. Well, it’s hard to say otherwise when good food is a preoccupation of mine, and my particular favorite is Japanese cuisine. So, I write again, our Oshogatsu luncheon was a “horn of plenty” of delicious Japanese food. As the pot luck line progressed along the table, the food started to disappear is if a huge vacuum cleaner was passing over the table. Thank you all for your great food contributions. The Dondoko Taiko drummers helped to drum in the New Year, followed by our dining. Next, the children from the Japanese Language Class entertained us with song. Nishida-sensei again helped make or raffle an entertaining program, and many, many attendees went home clutching their winnings.

Shinbokukai - December meeting

It was well worth the fifteen of us who braved the unpredictability of going north on I-35 to dine at Wild Sushi & Ramen, located at 4386 Western Center Blvd. They have a large variety of Japanese delicacies, and everyone praised the tastiness of everything they ordered. better. To learn more, you can visit their website at th Of course, the best of this event is the chance we have to enjoy getting to know each other

February Luncheon - Okonomiyaki

Feb 14th 12:30pm - Come learn to make and enjoy dining on Okonomiyaki. At this luncheon, we will all learn more about the dish, how to make the varieties offered, and of course, enjoy eating it. We will have to buy in advance the materials need so please RSVP. Adults $12, children 8- 12 $8, under 7 is free. RSVP by Sunday, Feb. 7 . Please let us know your name and the number in your group to or call Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email

Okonomiyaki ( お 好 み 焼 き ) is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning "what you like" or "what you want", and yaki meaning "grilled" or "cooked." Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary okonomiyaki is usually smaller than a Hiroshima or Kansai okonomiyaki. according to region. Tokyo

March Luncheon - Hinamatsuri
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Mar 20th 12:30pm - In March, we will celebrate Hinamatsuri (Girls Day). Typically, for this holiday in Japan, homes exhibit their multi-tiered Hina dolls sets like the one we have on permanent display in our kaikan. This display will be explained, and we will also make origami, in particular the emperor and empress which are always featured in the doll display. This is the day young Japanese girls dress up in their kimonos, so we encourage your girls to come in their kimonos. Food will be chirashizushi, sunomono and miso soup. RSVP by Sunday Mar. 13 . Please let us know your name and the number in your group to or call Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email

Garage Sale - April

April 16th - We haven’t had an 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.

Japanese Garden Spring Festival

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. This is just a heads up – we’ll be putting sign-up sheets and provide more information as April approaches.


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

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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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