The North Texas Area was fortunate enough to be chosen as the host of the 2012 Japan-America Grassroots Summit. 165 adults and students traveled from Japan to DFW International Airport on August 28th. The Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth served as a home away from home for this group. After settling in at the Hotel the group ventured to Rangers Stadium where for the Japan-America Friendship Night. The 16-member youth baseball team from the Japan city of Ishinomaki were in attendance. Many of the boys were still talking on Thursday morning about how they were able to meet Ranger’s player Yu Darvish and that he made a donation to the TOMODACHI Initiative. TOMODACHI initiative support's Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011.

The next day the group enjoyed site seeing all over the DFW Area before meeting back together in the Fort Worth Historic Stockyards for the Daily cattle drive by the Herd and an opening ceremony at Billy Bob’s Texas that will keep them talking for years to come. The following morning the group took a walking tour of downtown which included: Fire Station No.1, Sid Richardson Museum, Bass Hall and iFortWorth.

After leaving Fort Worth the group will be broken into 15 groups and will be participants in a homestay program involving 15 of the cities in the DFW area. Safe Travels to all of our new friends!