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
Dec 8 - the Society held its annual Bazaar at the Japanese Palace Restaurant. Many of our members pitched in to make it a success – from assembling the cooked obento with dishes prepared by Chef Julia Dunaway and other members including Asako Cosby, Nobuko Foshee and Haruko Herness. The Japanese Palace staff made the sushi obento. Several members contributed to making bake sale items and providing merchandise for our gift sale. Julia prepared the okonomiyaki batter and she and Harvey Yamagata gilled the okonomiyaki on the teppan grill with Michael Moore putting the final garnish touches on them.
New Year's Luncheon
Jan 5 - About 120 members joined together on January 5th to welcome the New Year. The first thing we all saw was the new walkway to our front doors, compliments of John Powell. What a wonderful change from the few stepping stones none of us could really ever use. The food, as always, was delicious. Then we were entertained by Fumiko Coburn and Mayuko Takahashi playing the traditional Japanese koto. Even their tuning before the program provided a very Japanese atmosphere. Members of the children’s Japanese Language class then sang a few songs for us, lead by Harumi Sharp and Kumiko Porter. Finally, the stream of raffle prizes started. One table we all labeled the “lucky” table since they won so many prizes – but that could also have something to do with how many tickets they bought. The grand prizes of two 46” LED HD RCA flat-screen televisions went to Alexandra Stokes and Joe and Haruko Herness.
Februrary Luncheon - Japanese Cuisine & Bingo
Feb 16 - Everyone loves Japanese nabemono cooking (Japanese hot pot) – it’s fun, you join in on the cooking, and dine around the sukiyaki cooking table. Chef Julia will talk about sukiyaki and regional variations, and each table of six or eight will be guided by someone who already has some experience with the dish. For those who enjoy bingo, join in the fun after our sukiyaki. $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8 – 12, children 7 and under free.
March Luncheon - Kodomo No Hi (Girls & Boys Day)
Mar 23 - We will celebrate “Kodomo No Hi” this month (combines Girls Day, Hinamatsuri usually on March 3rd and Boys Day, Tango no Sekku which is usually celebrated on May 5th. We will bring back last year’s popular mochi making demonstration where you can make your own mochi. The food will be Niku Donburi (beef bowl). $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8 – 12, children 7 and under free.
Spring Festival - Japanese Gardnens
Apr 26,27 - All of us look forward to this bi-annual event at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Spring Festival. It’s a great time to show hundreds of visitors to the garden some of what we love about Japanese culture. Be sure to join the fun and volunteer!
May Luncheon - Tea Ceremony
May 18 - The Society’s Cultural Snapshots series continues in May featuring the Japanese Tea Ceremony. You’ll have an up close and personal view of this rich and unique Japanese tradition. Food will be potluck so there is no cost, accept for you to bring your favorite potluck specialty.
ArthouseFW Samurai Series
Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, & May 2 - The Lone Star Film Society is sponsoring ArthouseFW Samurai Series. The series will
play alongside the Kimbell Art Museum’s exhibition Samurai: Armor from the Ann and
Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection in the auditorium of the brand new Renzo Piano
Pavilion. The price of the tickets are from $4.00 t0 $6.00 and can be purchased online
at lonestarfilmsociety.com and will also be available at the door beginning one hour
before show time.
Featured movies are:
SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) - Directed by Akira Kurosawa; starring Toshirô Mifune andTakashi Shimura. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 6PM.
HARAKIRI (1962)- Directed by Masaki Kobayashi; starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita. Friday, Mar. 7 at 6PM.
THE LIFE OF OHARU (1952) - Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi; starring Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai, Toshirô Mifune. Friday, Apr. 4, 20144 at 6PM.
RAN - Directed by Akira Kurosawa; starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu. Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6PM.
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.
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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