Current Society News

2020 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.

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Previous Month(s) Wrap up
Fall Festival in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden

The Festival was a record breaking success! The Japanese Garden staff reported an attendance of 7,646 paying guests. Usual attendance for the twoday event is about 3 to 5,000 guests so this Fall was about 50% more visitors than the average festival. Specifically, for the Fort Worth Japanese Society, all our demonstrations received donations well above average. This was also the first time the FWJS operated the food concession stand and that alone had revenues of over $7,000 and a bit over $4,000 after expenses. This amount may seem unremarkable, but for a small organization like the FWJS, this will make a great impact on paying the expenses of operating our society. As a point of interest, our concession stand sold 368 taiyaki, 154 gyudon, 152 yakisoba, 116 chicken karaage, 116 misoshiru, 107 onigiri, and a slew of other items. Again, this can’t be done without so many of you who volunteer to help create this success, so THANK YOU!

December Luncheon - Bazaar

Dec 1st - 2019 has been a very good year for our society, and the bazaar was no exception. Revenues exceeded $5,000, and after expenses, we netted about $4,000. Of course, it’s important for the society to raise funds from activities like the bazaar, but it’s also important that so many people enjoyed dining on okonomiyaki, yakisoba, taiyaki, obento, and the many Japanese confections made by the Wakabakai group. We also had an opportunity to do some very unique Christmas shopping like paper jewelry from Ina Crow, pottery from Running Bunny Pottery and Moyan Japanese Market.


UPCOMING EVENTS
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January Luncheon - Oshogatsu

Jan 5th - 12:30pm - 3:30pm - Come celebrate the new year at our delicious… Oshogatsu Luncheon. Every year, our members bring in food for this potluck, so please bring your favorite dish. We will be entertained by the students of our Japanese Language children’s classes and have a festive and exciting raffle drawing. We have so many prizes that many of you will go home with a prize. The grand prize this year will be a round-trip ticket for one to Japan, a generous donation by JapanAirlines.

 

 

FWJS GROUPS

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

For information, please click on the Language School link on the main menu.

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.