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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
April Shinbokukai - Sushi Axiom

Twenty-one of our members joined in the fun at Sushi Axiom at our last Shinbokukai. We filled up the private room which lent just the right atmosphere for conversation and dining. This is always a great time to relax and enjoy the company of our members. Hope you can make it the next time.

Japanese Garden Festival

Thank you all for making our participation in the Spring Festival in the Japanese Gardens such a success. There were over 90 society members volunteering to demonstrate various Japanese cultural activities from Origami, Calligraphy, Kimono Dress-up, Japanese Games and Tea Ceremony. This was one of the highest attended festivals, with 6,646 visitors over the two-day festival.

May Luncheon - Ikebana & Yoshoku

It’s very rewarding to see that our luncheons have become so popular, with over 50 people attending our May luncheon - many for their first time. Many thanks to the teachers of our language school, Harumi Sharp, Akiko Sonnemann, Fumiko Coburn, Katsuko Johnson, Yoko Hokazono and Taeko Royal for preparing such a delicious “yoshoku” (Japanese style western foods) luncheon, as well as Elishia Flowers for her vanilla and chocolate mousse. Following our meal, Sandra Prachyl, a member of our society gave a “hands-on” lesson in “Ikebana,” the Japanese art of flower arrangement.


In Rememberance

We are saddened to let you know that Terry Furtner passed away on Sunday, Febuary 4, 2018. Raymond and Terry were members of the Fort Worth Japanese Society many years ago. Some of our new members may not have met them, but our earlier members will remember how Terry enjoyed Chinese brush painting and calligraphy.


UPCOMING EVENTS
Shinbokukai - June 1 at Oni Ramen

June 1st 6:00pm -Come and relax with fellow society members while enjoying ramen. Oni Ramen is a cool spot offering poke plus house and build-your-own ramen with traditional & global influences. Their address is 2801 West 7th St, Fort Worth, TX 76107, phone (817) 882-6554 which is the corner of West 7th and Foch streets with a multi-story parking garage just next to the restaurant. Everyone pays on their own.

BE SURE TO RSVP BY May 29TH with Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email harvey@yamagata4.com or inquiries@fwjs.org Please let us know your name and the number in your group.

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June Luncheon - Japanese Pottery

Jun 10 12:30pm - If you weren’t already aware that Japan is known for their outstanding pottery tradition, the program for this luncheon will certainly capture your interest. Our special guest, Chris Powell, Associate Professor of Art at TCU’s College of Fine Arts, is an expert in this field and teaches traditional and experimental ceramics techniques. We encourage you to bring in a piece of Japanese pottery you have and share with us the backstory of the piece. We will be making “Hiyashi Chuka” (cold ramen noodles) perfect for the warm weather as well as “Kakigori” (shaved ice). Lead by Chef Julia, members of our Events Committee will help prepare the food. Sam Sumner will be making the “Chashu” pork and Akiko Sonnemann will be making the other ingredients like shredded eggs, ham and cucumber for the dish. 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 JUNE 4TH with Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email harvey@yamagata4.com or inquiries@fwjs.org Please let us know your name and the number in your group.

July Luncheon - Izakaya

Jul 15 12:30pm - This is our very popular luncheon where we offer food “Izakaya” style (like Japanese drinking pubs with tasty food, but we will not have alcohol – just the tasty foods). Like a typical Izakaya, we will have an assortment of Japanese foods offered at several food stations making yakitori (chicken grilled with a soy-based sauce), gyoza (meat dumplings), onigiri (rice balls), yakisoba, edamame and red bean popsicles. 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 JUly 9TH with Harvey Yamagata at 817-737-9166 or email harvey@yamagata4.com or inquiries@fwjs.org Please let us know your name and the number in your group.

 

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

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.