Current Society News

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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
May Shinbookukai - Edohaha Sushi

Our dinner this time was held at Edohana Sushi on South Hulen and attended by nineteen members and guests. As always, it was an enjoyable gathering with lively conversation all along a very long table that was able to seat us all. Our numbers are growing fairly large, but if you can, please join us at future shinbokukai’s.

Mat Luncheon - Tango no Sekku

In May, we celebrated Tango no Sekku (Boys’ Day). Thanks to all the preparation by Elisha Flowers and Sam Sumner, we enjoyed their slow cooked Texas barbecue and the many activities they prepared. One of our newest young members, Dillon Armstrong, was the first member to master walking on Japanese stilts. He was able to do this even in his cowboy boots! Some enjoyed wanage (Japanese form of horseshoes) and making small koinobori (carp shaped wind socks flown during Boy’s Day).

Japanese Cultural Demonstrations in May

Both the Lily B. Clayton Elementary School in Fort Worth and Westpark Elementary School in Benbrook recently celebrated their cultural arts day in May. There to help demonstrate Japanese calligraphy and origami were our members Asako Cosby (who organized the group), Haruko Herness, Nobuko Foshee, Mitsue Crow, Maki Farias, Kazuko Hales and Taeko Rachart, Thank you for volunteering. This aspect of our offering to area students is a very important contribution our society makes to our community.

Anniversary Celebrated

Joe and Haruko Herness celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary at a reception at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Restaurant. They met on a ship while traveling from England to the continent of Europe, where Joe demonstrated his good manners by helping Haruko with her luggage (or was it that Joe couldn’t pass up his once in a lifetime chance to meet the girl of his dreams). Congratulations!

June Luncheon – Japanese “Name That Tune”

Over forty attended our first attempt at this activity at a luncheon, and everyone seems to have had a great time. We identified Japanese “enka” music (Western songs, usually ballads, sung in a traditional Japanese style), popular Western music sung in Japanese (for example, “Jail House Rock”), and western pop songs (Beatles and others). Winners received prizes, most donated by Lisa Meyers who purchased them during her last trip to Japan. Added to all this fun was delicious hiyashi chuka soba prepared by Chef Julia Dunaway and assembled by the members of the Events Committee.

July Luncheon - Tanabata

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July 17th 12:30pm - Don’t miss one of our favorite luncheons. We’ll celebrate Tanabata, the Star Festival, by having our “Izakaya” style luncheon. We will have food stations offering various Japanese delicacies like “takoyaki,” “chashu-don,” “chirashi” and “yakisoba.” For our program, Alisha Sharp will tell us about her recent student exchange trip to Nagaoka, Japan. We will also set up our Kamishibai theater and a bamboo wishing tree. ($12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8-12, free for children 7 and under. RSVP by Monday July 11 . Please let us know your name and the number in your group so that we will have enough food. RSVP to or call Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email

September Luncheon - obento

Sept 18th 12:30pm - This luncheon is all about a favorite category of Japanese food – Obento. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables. Chef Julia will talk a bit about the background of bento, after which we will all get a bento type plate and select the different delicacies we’ll be offering. Some of the items include William Winston’s simmered gobo and Harvey Yamagata’s tamagoyaki. $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8-12, free for children 7 and under. RSVP by Monday Sep. 12th. Please let us know your name and the number in your group so that we will have enough food. RSVP to or call Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email

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.

Kurumi Ningyo

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.

Member News

The 411

We’d like to know what our members are doing, and if we can, support you in your efforts. Please send all news to 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 or at online booksellers such as





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 or at online booksellers such as


Charity News

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( やダラス日本人会( 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 ( and Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth (

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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