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
September Luncheon - Rojin no Hi

Seventy of us gathered together to honor our elderly members by observing the “Rojin No Hi,” (Respecting the Elderly Day). Without their efforts in the early years of our society, we could not be as successful as we are today. Thank you. The dining event for that luncheon was Obento. To make it more interesting, this time we had a contest to see who can make the most interesting obento using the same food as everyone else. We provided some accessory material so that the contestants could have something to differentiate their obento from others. See the photo of the contestants and their entry.

North Texas Giving Day

Thank you to all who contributed to the Fort Worth Japanese Society through the North Texas Giving Day website on Thursday, September 20th. Your donations were $3,301.00 and North Texas Giving added 105.63. With the anonymous matching donation of $3,301.00, we raised a total of $6,707.63.

October Luncheon – The Best of Japan

Chef Julia Dunaway talked about differences in how people in various regions of Japan make their ramen. Major types of Japanese ramen, decided by the tare (base flavor) are: shio (salt-based ramen), shoyu (soy sauce-based ramen), miso (soybean paste-flavored ramen) and tonkotsu (pork bone broth ramen). Julia invited everyone to add their own ramen stories as we can hear about individual preferences also. We then all ate ramen. Sam Sumner and Elishia Flowers who had to be out of town at the time still provided us the broth, and many volunteers helped to make the ramen. Thanks in particular to Kevin Martinez, the Tokyo Café chef, who came to help in the preparation.

November Luncheon - Bazaar

Nov 11th 12:30pm - 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 various Japanese and Japanese inspired gift items. We will also be selling a large number of Japanese dolls in glass cases as very low prices.

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Fall Festival in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden

Dec 1 & Dec 2 - The Fall Festival is usually held in October, but this year it will held in December. 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. Please VOLUNTEER to help.

JANuary Luncheon - Oshogatsu

Jan 6 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).



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.