Current Society News
2014 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: Tanabata Festival - Over sixty members and guests enjoyed our July luncheon celebrating Tanabata. The assortment of Japanese food was abundant, including Yakitori, takoyaki, onigiri, yakisoba and cucumber & harusame salad. And of course, our Kamishibai Theater retold the story of the Tanabata star-crossed lovers, Orihime and Hikoboshi (stars Vega and Altair).
Japan-American Friendship Night at Ranger's Ballpark
It was a great August night for a baseball game – a comforting breeze kept the temperature down as we enjoyed the Texas Ranger’s celebrating JapanAmerica Friendship Night at their ballpark. Students and their supervisors from Fort Worth and our sister city, Nagaoka, Japan, had the honor of carrying the Japanese and American flags unto the baseball field. Consul General of Japan at Houston, Nozomu Takaoka threw the opening pitch. He must have been an avid baseball player when he was growing up, because his pitch went right into the gloves of the catcher. We can’t say the same about the Ranger’s pitchers that evening. They lost to the Tampa Bay Rays. Still, it was a great outing for those who joined in the fun.
Japanese American National Museum (JANM) Visits North Texas
A reception was given for Dr. Greg Kimura, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Japanese American Museum located in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles. Over 100 guests attended the Dallas reception which was held at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, including the President and CEO of Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing (very popular company after announcing the move of their U.S. headquarters to Plano). Another 80 guests attended the Fort Worth reception which was held at the Kimbell Art Museum which was showing the Samurai Armor exhibit. To learn more about the great work the museum is doing, visit www.janm.org.
Japanese Language School
Fall Semester will start on September 8th (Mon).
September Luncheon - Dr. Ted Takata
Sept 21 - A respected cardiologist in Fort Worth, Japanese-American Ted Takata will talk about health issues. With advancing medical science, we are all living longer, but what’s equally important is to know what we need to do to keep us healthy enough to enjoy our longer lives. In addition to his specialty, Dr. Takata is well rounded in his medical background and will be happy to answer questions on any medical issues, not just heart related. His youth and enthusiasm is catching and you’ll find him to be a very animated speaker . We will be serving Hiyashi Chuka Soba and ice cream sundaes. $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8 – 12, free for children 7 and under. RSVP to Nobuko Foshee at 817-738-4524 or Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email harvey .firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Shinobokukai (Dinner Get-Together) at Big Fish
Oct 10 - Our next dinner get-together was scheduled to be at the Tokyo Café, but unfortunately, they had a fire so they are temporarily closed. We will instead have our next “shinbokukai” at Big Fish, 3000 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth. Learn more about Big Fish at: www.bigfishjapanese.com. We have to let Big Fish know how many of us will attend, so please RSVP to Nobuko Foshee at 817-738-4524 or Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email harvey .firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Fall Festival in the Japanese Gardens
Oct 25 & 26 -It’s time again to volunteer for the Japanese Garden Festival. Everyone always has a great time so don’t miss out. Sign-up sheets are at the front table at the Yamagata Center or you can contact the head of each activity, listed in this months newsletter. (Click here for newsletter link)
November Luncheon: Karaoke and Oden
Nov 2 - We know that some of us a bit shy to sing in public, so why don’t you partner up with someone who isn’t. Awards for everyone who participates! Oden is a favorite Japanese accompaniment to Karaoke, so be prepared to enjoy the food as well.
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
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