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
Shinbokukai (Dinner Get-Together)
Twenty-four of us enjoyed our get-together at Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya. Chef Ito Takao came out to be sure we were all taken care of well. Having small helpings of various dishes in the “izakaya” style works great in a social setting where we can all talk and dine in a leisurely fashion.
Our “sukiyaki” luncheon was again well attended with 37 members, some of whom had never had sukiyaki before, so it was quite a treat. Chef Julia Dunaway will provide some background information and cooking directions. One diner at each of the tables was selected to be the main cook, and even though at least one person had never made sukiyaki before, it came out great and everyone enjoyed the experience. Bingo immediately followed lunch.
Legends of Women Throughout Time
Elaine Yamagata, one of our society’s founders, was honored on Friday, March 6th by the Friendship Force of Fort Worth at their “Legends of Women” event. As many of you know, Elaine was a very successful business woman as president of the international trading division of Tandy Corporation and on boards of numerous cultural and philanthropic organizations. The Friendship Force is involved in many home-stay exchanges internationally as well as domestically.
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. Nobuko Foshee will prepare the otsukemono (pickled vegetables). $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8 – 12, children 7 and under are free. You should have received a phone call or email regarding this event already. If you have notyet done so, please RSVP by Wednesday March 11 th (at latest, March 12th) to Nobuko Foshee at (817) 738-4524 or Harvey Yamagata at (817) 737-9166 or email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
Mar 22 - We are again hosting an educational session for Fort Worth Students who will be visiting Nagaoka, Japan, this coming summer. This program, conducted by Sister Cities International of Fort Worth, enables many Fort Worth students to live with a Japanese family for two to three weeks. Fort Worth families, in turn, host many Nagaoka students. The Fort Worth students attend our session to get a taste of Japan and to learn some basic Japanese language skills so they can enjoy their visit to the fullest. Several of our members volunteer their time to provide this program.
Spring Festival in the Japanese Garden
Apr 25 & 26 - It’s time again for the Japanese Garden Festival. Volunteer sheets will be on the front table in the Yamagata Center and this time, You can sign up online HERE. Put 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.
May Luncheon - Pot Luck & Consul General of Japan
May 17 12:30pm - From time to time, we are honored to have the Consul General of Japan in Houston visit us at one of our luncheons. The honorable Nozomu Takaoka graduated from Tokyo University and studied at Oxford University in England. He has served in various positions internationally, including Italy, Sweden and most recently in Iran before coming to the U.S. He and his wife have a son and a daughter. The food will be pot luck so please bring your favorite food to share with us and the Consul General.
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
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