Current Society News

2018 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
July Luncheon - Izakaya Pub

Everyone seems to love food served in the “Izakaya” style (various Japanese delicacies in small portions, usually enjoyed in the tiny diners throughout Japan, often accompanied by lots of sake drinking). We will have food stations offering various Japanese delicacies like “yakitori,” “onigiri,” “yakisoba,” “edamame,” “gyoza.” and red bean popsicles.

Calligraphy Demonstration - Southlake

Asako Cosby, Takae Royal, Kazuko Hale and Harvey Yamagata recently visited Southlake Sister Cities International to give a short presentation on Japanese calligraphy with demonstrations by the three ladies. Southlake’s Japanese sister city, Tome, Japan, is located in Miyagi Prefecture, just north of Sendai.

September Luncheon - Rojin no Hi

Sept 16th 12:30pm - We will observe “Rojin No Hi,” (Respecting the Elderly Day) at this luncheon. We will talk a bit about our many early members and how they contributed to the success of our society. We’ll also have one of our eagerly awaited food programs – “Obento.” Everyone will use an obento box and put in foods such as tamagoyaki, miso beef, salmon, rice, hijiki no nimono (black seaweed), Japanese potato salad and ingen no gomaae (green beans with sweet sesame).

To make the obento even more interesting, we will have a contest to see who can put together the ingredients we provide into the most appealing obento. We will limit the number of contestants to six. We will provide all items to be used for the obento: the main ingredients listed before as well as shaping tools, peas, carrots, daikon, umeboshi, etc. We do not want anyone to bring their own obento decorations. In this way, we can have a fair contest. We will have independent judges and prizes. The popular Japanese restaurant, Tokyo Café, has generously contributed very nice obento boxes and a book about obento for our prize winners! 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 Sept 10TH with Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email or Please let us know your name and the number in your group.

North Texas Giving Day - Thursday, Sept 20th

North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event established to help non-profit organizations like the Fort Worth Japanese Society. In 2017, this organization helped fund $17 million for 2,723 non-profits like us. For every dollar you donate to the FWJS through the North Texas Giving Day website, they will match your dollar, so whatever you donate to the FWJS is DOUBLED.

As you may know, the expenses of operating our society is more than revenues from dues and events like our luncheons and cultural demonstrations. Each year, this deficit is covered by generous donations by our membership. The North Texas Giving Day is part of our initiative to become more self-sustaining so that our society can operate for many years to come.

You will receive more information as September 20 approaches. Please donate at that time.

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October Luncheon - Best of Japan: Ramen

Oct 21 12:30pm - “Ramen” has become so popular today - college students find it easy to pour hot water into a cup of dried noodles for a quick meal and area restaurants are springing up specializing in ramen. So, the topic for this luncheon will be “ramen.” We will enjoy a bowl of ramen and Chef Julia will talk about all the different versions of ramen in Japan. 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 Oct 15TH with Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email or Please let us know your name and the number in your group.

Bazaar - Fort Worth Japanese Society

Nov 11 12:30pm to 4:00pm - Our annual bazaar has been held in December in the past, but this year, because the Japanese Garden Festival has been moved to December, we will have our bazaar in November. This very popular event will feature okonomiyaki, taiyaki, obento ($20.00 for either nigiri sushi with raw fish or obento of cooked foods), bake sale featuring many Japanese sweets. You can do some early Christmas gift shopping from unique sellers offering a variety of Japanese and Japanese inspired gift items.

BE SURE TO RSVP BY Nov 26TH for your sushi and/or obento orders beccause there are usually no extras for those who do not RSVP. Place your oders with Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email or

Fall Festival - Fort Worth Japanese Garden

The Fall Festival is usually held in October, but this year it will be on Saturday Dec. 1 and Sunday Dec. 2 . The festival for this year will be renamed Japanese Maple Festival since this weekend should be one of the best for the maple to be in its beautiful red color.



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.