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
Over fifty members joined together for our September Luncheon featuring a presentation by Dr. Ted Takata. Dr. Takata, who is with Consultants in Cardiology, a highly regarded Fort Worth medical group, talked about how different foods affect our heart health. We had many questions so everyone went home better educated about heart health. The Hiyashi Chuka and ice cream sundaes were a great hit.
Shinbokukai (Dinner Get-Together)
Our dinner get-together was held on Friday, Oct. 10th at Big Fish Japanese Cuisine, located at 3000 S Hulen St. Over twenty members joined to enjoy the food and get to know each other better. Hiro Yamada, the owner of Big Fish, has done a great job of changing the previously barren interior into a warm and comfortable restaurant atmosphere. Some of you may remember Hiro, who helped us by teaching Japanese at our society’s language school. Several new members joined us and we were all impressed with Big Fish’s food.
Restaurant Row on Magnolia Street in Fort Worth once again held their “Arts Goggle” event. As in the past, society volunteers provided calligraphy demonstrations during the event at Shinjuku Restaurant. Thanks again to all who volunteered; it is always a good venue to promote our society.
Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden
On Oct. 25th and 26th, our members were out in full force, volunteering to make this year’s festival a success. We provided demonstrations in calligraphy, origami, tea ceremony, taiko drumming, Japanese games, Kamishibai, kimono dress-up, etc. Additionally, this year, thirty Nagaoka students who were with the Sister Cities exchange program entertained at the garden’s Moon Viewing Deck. They performed with such enthusiasm that the area was packed with festival guests.
At our luncheon on Sun. Nov. 2nd, we enjoyed Oden and entertained ourselves with Karaoke. The cooking of the oden was guided by Nobuko Foshee, and the result was a resounding success – everyone agreed on how delicious it was. It was a new experience for some of us because oden is rarely offered at area Japanese restaurants. It was a lot of fun listening to individuals and groups singing from a collection of 400 Japanese songs and nearly 400 American songs. We all sang together to two songs, Ue O Muite (popularized in the U.S. as the “Sukiyaki” song although the song has nothing to do with food) and Shiawasenara Te o Tatakou (If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands…).
December Luncheon - Annual Bazaar
Dec 14 - The Japanese Palace Restaurant is again kindly making their restaurant available for our annual bazaar. They are located at 8445 Camp Bowie West Blvd, Fort Worth. 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. This year we will have many packaged Japanese food stuffs at great prices to stock up your pantry.
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 817-737-9166 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
January Luncheon - Oshogatsu
Jan 4 From 12pm to 3pm - On the first Sunday of each New Year, our Society members gather at the Fort Worth Japanese Society building (Yamagata Kaikan) 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 $500.00 in cash—there will be two grand prizes so two people will have a chance to be big winners!
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 email@example.com 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