Current Society News
2014 Membership Dues
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Previous Month(s) Wrap up
Makino Gardens Exhibit at BRIT (Botanic Research Institute of Texas)
This exhibit at BRIT was a key event for them this year, and because it was an exchange program with a Japanese garden, our Society helped to liven its opening on Sept. 6 & 7, with Taiko drummers, kimono fashion show, origami, calligraphy, tea ceremony, koto, dancing and demonstrations of other Japanese cultural traditions.
Sept 22 - Michael Moore, our resident Haiku artist, gave us all background information on this Japanese form or poetry. After this initial exposure, we all wrote our own haiku. Most all of us had the opportunity to read our work of art to the others – and that was one of the best parts. Chef Julia Dunaway prepared a delicious luncheon of chicken rice curry, misoshiru and as a special treat, her carrot cake.
Oct 20 - Kalkidan Alemu, the student who attended the Fort Worth- Nagaoka student exchange program this summer gave a talk about her experiences during her trip. We were all impressed by Kalkidan’s eloquence. She was a excellent representative as the first student to receive the Toy Komatsu scholarship to attend this program. Jaime Morris and Lorraine Bretthauer, adult leaders on the trip also spoke, as did Tom Brent, the chair of the Sister Cities Nagaoka committee. Everyone enjoyed the obento lunch prepared by Chef Julia Dunaway. The Events Committee arrived early to help assemble the obentos and prepare the room for the luncheon. Thanks to all who helped make this a great event for the 60 plus members who attended. The Komatsu were present to see the recipient of the Toy Komatsu Scholarship.
Lone Star File Festival
Nov 7-10 - The 2013 Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth was held from Nov. 7th through the 10th. Among the many films were two from Japan: “Like Father, Like Son” and “Tokyo Story” The festival organizers asked our society to participate by writing calligraphy for attendees at these two movies.
Dinner Get-Together (Shinbokukai 親睦会)
Nov 14 - Our third Dinner Get-Together was held at Shinjuku Station Japanese Restaurant located on Magnolia Ave. where many new restaurants have been springing up. About twenty of us took this opportunity to get to know eachother better in a relaxed atmosphere enjoying one of the area’s most highly acclaimed Japanese restaurants.
December Luncheon - Annual Bazaar
Dec 8 - Our annual Bazaar will be held again at the Japanese Palace Restaurant from 12pm til 3pm, at 8445 Camp Bowie West Blvd. Fort Worth. This very popular event will feature okonomiyaki, 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 and gift items. Be sure to RSVP your obento orders because there are usually no extras for those who do not RSVP. Place your bento orders with Nobuko Foshee at 817-738-4524 or Harvey Yamagata at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
January Luncheon - Oshogatsu New Years Lunch
Jan 5,2014 - On the first Sunday of each New Year, our Society members gather to celebrate with a sumptuous pot-luck, entertainment, and raffle. Please bring your favorite dish, prepare to be entertained, and win raffle prizes. As you all know, we have so many prizes that many of you will go home with a prize. This year’s grand prize will be a wide-screen flat television—there will be two televisions so two people have chance to win.
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.
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.
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