FWJS Programs and Events
Japanese Language Classes
We conduct Japanese Language classes each week. Many of the students are children of Japanese-American marriages, Americans who plan to visit or do business in Japan, and others who wish to broaden thier language skills. For further information on the Japanese language classes, please click here.
Calligraphy, origami, ikebana, folk dances and tea ceremony
We have members who share their skills in various cultural activities. We are often requested to demonstrate these skills at area schools and organizations to promote a better understanding of things Japanese. You can also enjoy these demonstrations during the Spring and Fall Festivals in the Japanese Gardens of the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. The Society provides demonstrations in calligraphy, origami, folk dancing, and tea ceremony at the Spring and Fall Festivals.
Taiko Drum Group
One of our more visible groups is the Taiko Drummers. This traditional Japanese drum group has members of all ages and has been invited to perform at numerous events. They were a hit during the Sun and Stars Parade in downtown Fort Worth. They also performed at the celebration of American Airlines' inaugural non-stop flight from DFW to Tokyo/Narita.
Sister Cities Program
The Society supports the Fort Worth Sister Cities Program, especially in its relationship with it's sister city of Nagaoka, Japan. We assist in entertaining visitors from Nagaoka and participate in visits abroad to the Japanese city. We also provide scholarships to qualified local young people in need of financial assistance who wish to go abroad to Nagaoka as exchange students.
Monthly Activites and Luncheons
An activity is planned for each month, including luncheons, bazaars and even member tours to points of interest in Texas. The Sunday lunch is a good time for visitors to come by to get acquainted with us. Following the luncheon there are programs related to Japanese culture. The annual New Year's banquet is free to members and features a great variety of Asian and American food. Outstanding entertainment always follows. A newsletter is distributed to inform our members of current Society activites. Please click here if you are interested in becoming a member.
It's not unusual to find one of our members at city hall interpreting for visiting Japanese dignitaries. When called upon, we translate for students, business and at cultural exchanges between Fort Worth and Japan.
The Society maintains a close relationship with and acts as a liasion with the Japanese Consulate for the benefit of our members. We are continually on the lookout for projects which will improve Japanese-American relations.