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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
February Luncheon

Feb 16 - Did you miss this great luncheon? This was the first time we held a luncheon around making one of the best known Japanese dishes – sukiyaki – and it was greatly enjoyed by the forty or so people who attended. Breaking the group into smaller groups of six gave everyone a chance to talk to each other; often to members they have not yet been acquainted. Since this luncheon format was so well received, we will plan on having similar luncheons in the future.

Gift from nagaoka

Saori Higuchi of Nagaoka, Japan, and her mother invited many of their Nagaoka friends to donate kimonos to the Fort Worth Japanese Society for our use during the Spring and Fall festivals at the Japanese Gardens. Everyone was very generous and we will soon be receiving 25 kimonos (yukatas) and accessories. Mr. Chiba Satoshi, president of a cardboard box company kindly donated a large box for shipping it all. Saori helped our ladies during the kimono dress-up at the Fall Festival last year and is spreading the word in Nagaoka about the Festival. While she was visiting Fort Worth, she stayed with David and BJ Bakutis.

Dinner Get-Toether - Ume Sushi & Korean BBQ

Apr 10 - Join us for an informal gathering at Ume Sushi and Korean BBQ Restaurant located at 4750 Bryant Irvin Rd, Fort Worth · (817) 370-0685. This restaurant is relatively new to Fort Worth and has been received very good reviews. Dutch Treat (each person pays for themselves).

Spring Festival - Fort Worth Japanese Gardens

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!

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Samurai - Armor from the ann and gabriel barbier-mueller colletion

Feb 16 to Aug 31- Kimbell Art Museum, Renzo Piano Pavilion<\br>If you haven’t had a chance to see this exhibit, we highly recommend you treat yourself to this exhibit. It’s rare to see so many Japanese Samurai armor in one exhibit, even in Japan - more than 140 remarkable objects from one of the best and largest collections in the world. Our Dondoko Taiko Drummers have welcomed visitors to this exhibit on four occasions, including grand openings for both special museum sponsors and general public.

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.

June Luncheon - Dr. Ted Takata

Jun 22 - A respected cardiologist in Fort Worth, Japanese-American Ted Takata will talk about health issues. His youth and enthusiasm will likely help us to be more engaged in leading a healthier lifestyle. Food will be hiyashi Chuka soba and ice cream sundaes (with fresh fruit toppings)

July Luncheon - Tanabata Festival

Jul 20 - 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. We will have yakitori, takoyaki, onigiri, yakisoba and cucumber & harusame salad.

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 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.

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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