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
We hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season and have geared up to tackle 2015 to make it a great year. Speaking of “tackle,” many of us who are TCU football fans finished off 2014 in great style with TCU’s win over Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl and finishing the season ranked 3rd in the nation
The Yamagata Center’s main room has a new look. If you haven’t seen it yet, we think you’ll like what we’ve done. We put in wood trim with a very Japanese flair, and installed new natural wood shades. (We are so happy to see those old, always breaking mini-blinds gone!) Next, we’ll put in new ceiling lights with a shoji-look cover and then work on our kitchen. We’ve got a limited budget so we’re working in stages, but it already looks so much more inviting. Come by to one of our luncheons and enjoy the new atmosphere.
Toyota Motors U.S.A. Comes to North Texas
If you haven’t already heard, Toyota Motors is moving their U.S. headquarters from Torrance, CA. (a Los Angeles suburb) to Plano, TX. This will be a tremendous boost to the North Texas economy so many officials gathered on January 20th so celebrate their ground breaking ceremony. They placed good fortune tags on tree branches which were going to be gathered and placed into a time capsule to be opened many years into the future. The Fort Worth Japanese Society also provided a good fortune tag.
Our annual Bazaar was held on Dec. 14th at the Japanese Palace Restaurant was a great success. Fortunately this year, we weren’t plagued by an “ice storm” so we didn’t have to postpone our event. In addition to our usual “okonomiyaki,” we also made “yaki-soba” on the metal cooking grill (“teppan”). Everyone enjoyed the “nigiri sushi obento” made by the Japanese Palace and the cooked “obento” made be our members.
On Sunday, Jan. 4th, we celebrated the New Year at our annual “Oshogatsu” luncheon. As usual, the pot luck buffet was filled with many Japanese delicacies. For entertainment, some of the children from our Japanese Language class entertained the crowd with Japanese songs. They were followed by our Dondoko Taiko Drummers. They have been performing at special events all around the metroplex, but we hadn’t had them perform at our luncheons for a few years, so it was a great treat. Makio Nishida was our raffle Master of Ceremonies, and prizes were won by many. The two Grand Prizes of $500 each went to Nicholas Jackson, and of all people, Makio Nishida (he wanted to donate it back, but we insisted that the prize was not for him, but his wife).
Shinbokukai (Dinner Get-Together)
Feb 6 5:30pm - In February, we’ll be having our dinner get-together at Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya, located at 3204 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. This relatively new restaurant specializes in ramen, but they have a varied “izakakaya” menu as well. Their chef, Ito Takao came from Tokyo, Japan. RSVP by Sunday, Feb. 1 st to Nobuko Foshee at (817) 738-4524 or Harvey Yamagata at (817) 737-9166 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Februrary Luncheon - sukiyaki
Feb 15 - Our “sukiyaki” luncheon was a great hit last year, so we’ll do it again. Chef Julia Dunaway will provide some background information and cooking directions, and then WE get to COOK and EAT. Bingo immediately following lunch. $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8 – 12, children 7 and under are free. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 9th to Nobuko Foshee at (817) 738-4524 or Harvey Yamagata at (817) 737-9166 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
March Luncheon - Kodomo No Hi
Mar 15 12:30pm - We’ll celebrate “Kodomo No Hi” (combines “Tango no Sekku” – Boys Day – and “Hinamatsuri” – Girls Day or Dolls Festival). We will demonstrate mochi making as well as give you a chance to make your own mochi, and of course, eat it. The food will be “Oyako Donburi” (chicken and egg over rice) prepared by Chef Julia and the society’s Events Committee. $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8 – 12, children 7 and under are free.
Elaine Browning will also come by to talk about the Grassroots Summit coming up this summer. If you want to learn more about it, you can view the brochure here. (http://www.manjiro.or.jp/eng/summit/files/ntx_summit_oita.pdf)
April - Spring Festival in the Japanese Garden
Apr 25&26 - these dates on your calendars so you won’t miss the fun in volunteering for our various cultural demonstrations in calligraphy, origami, tea ceremony, taiko drumming, Japanese games, Kamishibai, kimono dress-up, etc.
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.
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.
We’d like to know what our members are doing, and if we can, support you in your efforts. Please send all news to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.remakerseries.com or at online booksellers such as www.amazon.com.
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 www.tebakutis.com or at online booksellers such as www.amazon.com.
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（http://redcrossdallas.blogspot.com/） やダラス日本人会（http://godja.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=6&Itemid=60） 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 (http://redcrossdallas.blogspot.com/) and Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth (http://www.jasdfw.org/pages/news_earthquake.html).
Though we are rather a small organization, we will continue to pray and assist people in Japan with relief fund and recovery effort.
Japanese Class of Fort Worth Japanese Society
Upcoming Charity Events