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
May Luncheon: Tea Ceremony - What a treat we had when the DFW Urasenke Tankōkai group demonstrated the Japanese Tea Ceremony. They brought in tatami flooring (very thick straw mats used as flooring in the traditional Japanese home) and shoji screens to provide an authentic tea ceremony experience. Many of us then enjoyed partaking of the macha (tea) and okashi (confectionary). The food for the luncheon was potluck, which is always delicious because members bring their favorite dished.
Dr. Matthew Perry
Dr. Perry, a direct descendent of Commodore Perry, spoke to a large audience at the Benbrook Library. Commodore Perry has been credited as the single most important person to persuade the Japanese in 1853 to open their ports to the international community. What followed is history from friend in WW I, adversary in WWII and now the strongest of allies in the 21 st century.
Kimbell Art Museum: Matsuri! A Samurai Celebration
Hundreds of people came to the Kimbell’s celebration of the Japanese Samurai, even guests from Fort Worth’s Sister City, Nagaoka, Japan – Mssrs. Takano and Kawauchi. In addition to performances by our Dondoko Taiko Drummers and Sakura Dancers, we had over 30 volunteers carry the Mikoshi Shrine along the grassy plaza between the two buildings of the Kimbell Museum. Sensei Makio Nishida, in his instructive, but always humorous manner, trained everyone quickly on how to properly carry the Mikoshi and chant rhythmically and in unison. Over the course of the celebration, from 1:00PM to 10:00PM, nearly 10,000 people came to the celebration.
July Luncheon - Tanabata Festival
July 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. Our Kamishibai Theater will be used to tell the story of the star-crossed lovers.
Japan-American Friendship Night at Ranger’s Ballpark
Aug 14 - Once again, the Texas Rangers will celebrate the friendly relationship between Japan and America. The Rangers will be playing the Tampa Bay Rays, starting at 7:05PM, but you should arrive by 6:15 to be able to see some of the events planned for this evening. The price of the tickets are $23.00 each ($34.00 Lower Reserved seats discounted to $23.00). If there are enough people going, we can put a bus together for an additional cost of $27.00 per person, for a total cost of $50.00 per person. If you are interested in going to see the ball game, please RSVP by July 25 th to Harvey Yamagata at email@example.com, or 817-737-9166 or to Nobuko Foshee at 817-738-4524.
If you wish to purchase tickets directly from the Rangers, contact Jamie Rogers at 817-436-5979 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has $30 Corner Box and $12 Upper Reserve seats available (these are the discounted prices).
Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
Aug 15 - Dr. Greg Kimura, President and CEO of JANM will visit Fort Worth and Dallas from August 14 th to 16 th . JANM, located in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, has a permanent exhibition of the Japanese internment during WW II and artifacts from Japanese-Americans (JA’s) who fought in the U.S. military in that same war. They also have exhibits on contemporary contributions by JA’s and Japanese in America. The presentation and reception will be on Friday Aug. 15 th at about 6:00PM and will take place at the Kimbell Museum so if you are interested in learning more about this very important museum, please RSVP to Harvey at email@example.com or at 817-737-9166.
September Luncheon - Dr. Ted Takata
Sept 21 - 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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