Current Society News

2019 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
November Luncheon - Bazaar

This year’s Bazaar was in keeping with our habit of making each year better than the prior year. We had more variety of foods, more vendors selling Japanese inspired gifts, and most importantly, more attendees. Special thanks to the vendors who supported us by setting up their tables for a short two-hour selling period: Madame Butterfly Nagasaki, Sofia Tsubame. Running Bunny Pottery, Ina Crow Origami Jewelry and Irene Koscal. We also sold over 15 Japanese dolls in glass cases which were donated to the Society from someone who lived in Japan and collected all of them. We also sold out of nearly all of the foods being sold – next year we will have to plan on preparing more. Again, thanks to our members who prepared all the Japanese food like the obento and okonomiyaki, and those who worked during the Bazaar.

Fall Festival in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden

There was some hesitation this year because the festival was moved from October to December, however, 5,162 people attended the festival, which was 516 more than the very successfully attended Spring festival. Possibly because we were all cautious about the weather, it seemed hard to get enough volunteers, but in the end, we had over 75 volunteers. A great thanks to all of you!


January Luncheon - Oshogatsu
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Jan 6 11th 12:30pm - On the first Sunday of each New Year, our Society members gather at the Fort Worth Japanese Society building (Yamagata Kaikan) to celebrate with a delicious pot-luck, entertainment and raffle. 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. As you all know, we have so many prizes that many of you will go home with a prize. We will also have a grand first prize. Japan Airlines has generously donated two vouchers which will enable each winner to purchase a round-trip coach ticket from Dallas/Fort Worth to Japan (Narita airport) for just $400.00. The cost for such a ticket is about $1,500.00 (low season about $1,200, high season over $2,000). Due to the nature of our raffle, only members may purchase raffle tickets. However, guests may attend the luncheon when accompanied by a member.

fEBRUARY Luncheon -diy sUKIYAKI

Feb 17 12:30 - February should still be a cool month, making Sukiyaki taste even better, so that’s what we’ll do. This is a popular dish and nearly everyone in the Society has had a chance to partake. Chef Julia Dunaway will explain the Sukiyaki recipe and a lead person will be selected by each table, although anyone can help in the cooking. One of the reasons why this dish is so popular is because making it together provides a great opportunity to create an interesting table conversation. Adults $15, children 8 – 12 $12, and children 7 and under are free. There is a 20% discount for members aged 70 years and over (so $12.00).

Be sure to RSVP by Feb 11 to Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email or

2019 Membership Fee Due in January

Membership in the Fort Worth Japanese Society is paid in January of each year. Along with the membership form, please mail your check as soon as you can, or bring you check to the Oshogatsu luncheon.



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.