Current Society News

2016 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-five members and friends joined to celebrate Hinamatsuri (Girls Day) at our luncheon. Mikako Daniel explained the story of Hina dolls and many had an opportunity to wear a kimono. Haruko Herness was able to assist everyone who wanted to dress up in a kimono during the luncheon. What a fun way to celebrate Hinamatsuri.

Japanese Garden Spring Festival

The Spring Festival was a record breaking success. Over 8,000 people visited the Fort Worth Japanese Gardens to see the garden and many demonstrations of Japanese culture. This number was more than 3,000 visitors over any previous festival weekend. About 75 members and friends volunteer to make this such a success. Thank You!

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Fort Worth Japanese Society awarded Bridges-to-Friendship Award

Our society was honored by the Japan-America Society of Dallas /Fort Worth for 30 years of bringing Japanese culture to our American community. The Ambassador of Japan to the U.S. from 2008 to 2012, Ichiro Fujisaki was honored with the Sun & Star Legacy Award at this event. The ceremony, held at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas, was attended by 450 people, including about thirty from our society.

Garage Sale

In our first garage sale in a few years, our final tally will be $333.24 in sales plus $40 in donations. Since there is no cost to the society, this amount is helpful in meeting our monthly expenses. Thanks to Irene Koscal setting this up and thank to all who helped by donating items, helping to sell, and of course, buying items at the sale.

Tarrant County College (TCC)

On Tuesday May 3, TCC held their Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration. Thanks to Asako Cosby, Nobuko Foshee, Mitsue Crow and Maki Farias for demonstrating calligraphy and origami for the students at this event.

May Shinbokukai (Dinner Get-Together) - Edohana Sushi

May 26th 6:00pm - We will have had several enjoyable Shinbokukai’s and our next one will be at Edohana Sushi located at 2704 South Hulen (this is not Edohana Hibachi Sushi off of SW Loop (820). About 15 attend these dinners so it is a great chance to get to know each other. Everyone chooses and pays for their meal. RSVP by Monday, May 23 . Please let us know your name and the number in your group so that we can let Edohana know. RSVP to or call Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email

May Luncheon - Tango no Sekku
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May 15th 12:30pm - In May, we will celebrate Tango no Sekku (Boys’ Day). Our program will include activities such as kite flying (bring your own kites if you can), stilt walking, wanage and sukui. We’ll dine on Texas barbecue made by our members Sam Sumner and Elishia Flowers. We’ll also have coleslaw, potato salad and everyone’s favorite, mochi ice cream. $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8-12, free for children 7 and under. RSVP by Tuesday May 10 . 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

June Luncheon - Japanese Song Contest

Jun 12th - In June, we are going to try something different—a Japanese song contest. We’ll play various songs and prizes will be given to those who first identify the song. Since we want everyone to have a chance to win, we will throw in American songs as well. We’ll also enjoy dining on hiyashi chuka soba which will be especially tasty as the weather will be much warmer then. $12 for adults, $8.00 for children 8-12, free for children 7 and under. RSVP by Wednesday June 8 . 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

In Memorium

Nob Tringham passed away on April 25, 2016 in Alamosa, Colorado. She was a long time member of the society and served on our board with her husband, Peter, for many years. Peter had preceded her in death. Her family has said that they will have a memorial service in Fort Worth in the next few months.

Keiko O’Brien passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Keiko was born in Tokyo, Japan and married her husband John in 1958, who preceded her in death. They had been married over 52 years.

Makiko Lackey passed away Sunday March 27, 2016. She was a great supporter of the FWJS, always helping us to acquire for our annual bazaar the use of the Japanese Palace Restaurant, where she was the manager.

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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