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
At this luncheon, we celebrated “Kodomo No Hi” (combines “Tango no Sekku” – Boys Day – and “Hinamatsuri” – Girls Day or Dolls Festival). The Oyako Donburi was a smashing success. The mochi making was fun, and the eating of it was even more satisfying. Thank you Chef Julia and the society’s Events Committee for the donburi and mochi and Nobuko Foshee for the otsukemono (pickled vegetables).
About 35 Fort Worth area students and their supervisors attended our Discover Japan educational session this March. These students are a part of the Sister Cities International of Fort Worth student exchange program and will be visiting Nagaoka this summer. We help them prepare for their trip by providing information on Japanese culture, shopping, dining, and most importantly, a brief introduction to the language so they can better enjoy their stay in Japan. Shortly after their visit, Japanese students from Nagaoka will visit us in Fort Worth. Thank you to Taeko Horwitz, Akiko Sonnemann, Mikako Daniel, William Winston, Sonya Cole, Asako Cosby and Lisa Meyer for all your effort.
Spring Festival in the Japanese Garden
Members of our society were again out in full force to support the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Japanese Garden Spring Festival. There were easily over 50 volunteers helping with cultural demonstrations in calligraphy, origami, tea ceremony, taiko drumming, Japanese games, Kamishibai, kimono dressup and classic dance. Everyone always has a great time, so don’t miss out on the fun next time. These festivals are held every Spring and Fall.
Japan America Society of DFW Annual Sun & Star Legacy Award Dinner
Some of us attended the JASDFW awards dinner honoring Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman Emeritus of the Central Japanese Railway Company and Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. Mr. Kasai was a major force in the development of the Shinkansen (Japanese “Bullet Train”) and will provide North Texas advice on developing our own high speed rail system. The Barbier-Mueller’s own a very comprehensive Japanese samurai collection and provided all of the artifacts for the fantastic samurai exhibit that was shown at the Kimbell Museum this past summer. Many area mayors attended, including Mayor Betsy Price of Fort Worth.
May Luncheon - Consul General of Japan
May 17th 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.
June Luncheon - Cultural Snapshot
June 28th - Our luncheon this month will a “Cultural Snapshot” event with Sandra Prachyl (and possibly Yoko Cotton) talking about and demonstrating Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangements. Sandra’s presentation on this subject is informative and will give you plenty of ideas on making your own flower arrangements. Food will be Gomoku sushi (a type of Chirashi or "scattered" sushi, where ingredients like vegetables are scattered onto or into sushi rice). $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8 – 12, children 7 and under are free. Please RSVP by Wednesday June 24th 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.
July Luncheon - Tanabata
July 19th - We will again observe the Tanabata or the Star Festival, celebrating the Cow Herder Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega), lovers separated by the Milky Way who are allowed to meet just once a year. Everyone enjoys the variety of Japanese foods we serve for this celebration which includes yakitori, takoyaki, onigiri and yakisoba. $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8 – 12, children 7 and under are free. Please RSVP by Wednesday July 15th 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.
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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