Laughs and joys at Edo Night!

What a fun evening it was!    With your generosity, we raised $2,500+!! Hope everyone enjoyed the Rakugo performance as well as Soba-sushi, Matcha Mochi and Manzairaku Sake. Please visit our photo gallery or FB MSTERIO page to see more pictures. In May and June there are a few exciting events coming up. We cannot wait to see you!   For further information, visit our FB page as well as our Blog page. Any and all ideas where to send MSTERIO dolls to,  we'd love to hear from you!  

What a fun evening it was!   

With your generosity, we raised $2,500+!!

Hope everyone enjoyed the Rakugo performance as well as Soba-sushi, Matcha Mochi and Manzairaku Sake.

Please visit our photo gallery or FB MSTERIO page to see more pictures.

In May and June there are a few exciting events coming up. We cannot wait to see you!  

For further information, visit our FB page as well as our Blog page.

Any and all ideas where to send MSTERIO dolls to,  we'd love to hear from you!

 

February Newsletter

Thanks for your continued effort and support, we sent over 500 dolls in February.  

Events held in February:

Kent Place School, Summit, NJ
The Purls of Hope, NY, NY
PS101Q , Forest Hills, NY
P771K @ P.S.66, Brooklyn, NY
Women In Need (WIN), New York, NY
AHRC, New York, NY


Recent Destinations:

Forsyth. Illinois
University Heights, Ohio
Women In Need (WIN), NY
Amherst, Ohio
Westfield, New Jersey
Brooklyn, New York


Click here to check out our new photo gallery!
 

Mark your calendars for our TWO great upcoming events in March!

Edo Night -- Monday, March 20th at 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Spring Cleaning -- Sunday, March 26th at 2:00 - 5:00 pm


**Edo Night
Please visit our blog for more details.


**Spring Cleaning

Please visit our blog for more details.

 

 

 

Please join us for Edo Night!

Monday, March 20, 2017

 

6:30 PM DOORS OPEN

7:00 - 8:30 PM RAKUGO PERFORMANCE AND COCKTAIL RECEPTION

OPERA AMERICA
330 Seventh Avenue, NY, NY 10011  

Donation Level

General Admission $40

Student (ID Required) $25

RSVP Required. Seats are limited. 

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS TODAY!

On March 20, we're hosting a very fun Japanese Edo night. It will all be in English of course. We will have a traditional Rakugo comedy performance as well as a Japanese light Hors d'oeuvre including Sake tasting. 

Rakugo is a traditional form of verbal comedy dating back to the Japanese Edo Period (1603-1868). Wearing kimono, performers sit on stage to unravel stories based on puns and wordplay, told through dialogues with several characters. They act out different scenes by changing the tone and pitch of their voice, turning their head to help the audience identify the speaker, using only sensu fans and tenugui handkerchiefs as props.

 

Specially thanks to "Sake Suki", "Cha-an", "Sobaya" for the generous sponsors.

Please join us for Spring Cleaning Party

Sunday, March 26, 2017

2-5pm

WeWork Penn Station
315 W 36TH St., 9th FL, 
NEW YORK, NY 10018

Click here to RSVP

Walk-ins are always Welcome!


$25 Tax-Deductible Donation Per Person
(Cash, Checks and Credit Cards Accepted)

The ultimate swap meet!

Empty your closets and bring your excess items.

See what everyone else brought.

 And take home whatever you'd like.

Make new friends for a good cause!

(*Bring your clean unwanted clothes, accessories, kitchenware, toys and anything else, ONLY in good condition.) 

 Light snacks and drinks will be served.
All items remaining after the event will be donated.

 

Any questions, please contact info@msterio.org 

We are off to the great start!

Thanks to your effort and support, we sent over 1,698 dolls last year. Our last shipment in December -- our largest ever -- went to Oaxaca and Los Cabos, México!

Sunday February 12th in NYC, we're hosting our first cleaning party event of the year. Visit our blog for more details.

Maybe you'd like to host an event in your city? Just drop us an email. We'd love to hear from you; any and all ideas welcomed!

Since 2011, nearly 12,000 children have received our dolls, in Albania, Colombia, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, México, Myanmar, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Tibet, Uganda, Vietnam, and all over the United States.

These wonderful hand-made gifts are from children from Oaxaca, Mexico.  They have presented to children at PS195 to show their appreciation.

These wonderful hand-made gifts are from children from Oaxaca, Mexico.  They have presented to children at PS195 to show their appreciation.

Events held recently:

PS 195 Brookyln, NY
Kids in Philanthropy by One Tribe [KIP], San Francisco, CA
Morgan Stanley Women’s Business Alliance, New York, NY
LA Auto Show, Los Angeles, CA
AHRC, New York, NY

Recent Destinations

Nairobi, Kenya
Operation Refugee Child in Lagna, CA
Oaxaca, México & Lox Cabos, México
Japan

Please join us for Valentine's Cleaning Party in NY

Sunday, February 12, 2017
 

2 - 5pm

 CLICK HERE TO RSVP

A rose is only a rose.. 

until you give it away.

WeWork Penn Station
315 W 36TH St., 9th FL, 
NEW YORK, NY 10018

$25 Tax-Deductible Donation Per Person
(Cash, Checks and Credit Cards Accepted)

Bring your items - take home their goods
Make new friends in this lovely season
all for a good cause!
(Bring your clean unwanted clothes, accessories, kitchenware, toys and anything else, ONLY in good condition)
All items remaining after the event will be donated.

Walk-ins are always Welcome!

Any questions, please contact info@msterio.org 

Happy Year of the Rooster!

Happy New Year!

At the beginning of the new year, we would like to share the most heart warming story which happened in last December.

Here is a little note from a very special family "Bremar" who went to Mexico to deliver 100 dolls. They travel around the world bringing the joy and happiness to children every year. This was their 5th year.  We are so grateful to be part of it.  Thank you again to Bremar Family to make our dream come true.

This is the fifth year my family brought 100 Christmas gifts to kids in Cabo San Lucas,Mexico. This year we went to a children's center for orphans and kids of single mothers, called "Los Cabos Children Foundation", Cabo San Lucas Mexico. MSTERIO.org donated 100 dolls this year.  The dolls are from from PS 195 in Brooklyn. My family delivered the gifts to "Los Cabos Children Fundation". Also, Some Japanese women knitted dozens of little hats and scarves for the dolls. It was so wonderful to see the children so happy! They leapt into our arms and gave us hugs when we first walked in. It was so beautiful to see their smiles."

The hats and scarves are donated by the Purls of Hope at BTMU NY.

Thanks to KIP!

Holiday season's kick off with KIP's First Give Workshop (Kids in Philanthropy by One Tribe)  in Westcost!   

All the children who participated at the event, they collected their fund and decorated dolls.

This is one of our favorite photos as they are collecting and counting donations!!!!  How awesome is that!  

KIP wishes us to send their dolls to another wonderful organization "Operation Refugee Child" 

Hope every child who will receive their wonderful gifts from KIP/MSTERIO will make them smile during this holiday seasons!!!

Trip to Sri Lanka

SPUTNIK Girls Home

SPUTNIK Girls Home

They are getting ready to visit from the States to SPUTNIK Girls Home in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka

They are getting ready to visit from the States to SPUTNIK Girls Home in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka

Last week 20 dolls traveled from the States to Sri Lanka, and we met 20 wonderful girls at Sputnik Girls Home in Kurunegala. 

Very colorful entrance

Very colorful entrance

 

This home was founded in 2007 and there are 20 economically and socially disadvantaged girls age between 5-18 are living together.  

Dining area

Dining area

When we walked in, the Founder and Chief Director Mr. Eshantha Ariyadasa welcomed us with a great smile, and the girls came to greet us.  

We spent some time talking and getting to know each other, and the girls started decorating the dolls. 

 

Each one of them were so amazingly creative, and their personal messages were so powerful. 

After they finished decorating, each girl received one doll from the States we brought.

The girls were proudly showing their dolls before they said goodbye to them.

The girls were proudly showing their dolls before they said goodbye to them.

Some of the dolls were from Eugene, Oregon which were made this summer by 20 girls at Ophelia's Place.  

This doll was made by our special friend Betty who is over 90 years old lives in New York, and we presented to Eshantha.

Our friend Betty in NY sending off her doll 

Our friend Betty in NY sending off her doll 

Mr. Eshantha Arlyadasa holding a doll made by Betty

Mr. Eshantha Arlyadasa holding a doll made by Betty

Let us share a nice story from Sarah McDowell who is a college student took an initiative to travel from New Jersey to Oregon this summer.

”This summer I packed my bags and boarded the plane for somewhere new. New faces, new experiences and new ideas. I was by myself when I arrived in Eugene, Oregon with a box of stuffing and fabric markers but I left with new memories and 20 new DOLLS.

While explaining the idea,  many of the younger girls at Ophelia's Place, a community for the empowerment of girls, were confused, but I was able to explain that we were making presents for other girls who don't have their own dolls. 

Their faces lit up, and they asked if they could add notes to the dolls. One girl was exceedingly proud that she made not one, not two, but five dolls. 

Many of the girls at Ophelia's place are not only there for fun, but are also foster children or have been in unsettling situations. They are there for themselves, which only made it more amazing when they were helping other girls.

I have to admit one girl, who was only seven, was a much better stuffer than me. And a few girls were only too happy to see in the labels. I was amazed that they were just as excited to make these dolls as I was.

Now seeing a photo of a little girl with her new doll and the photo of Maggie, who made the doll, I am so happy that I was able to connect a little girl in Eugene, Oregon to another little girl in Sri Lanka." 

 

Maggie at Ophelia's Place in Oregon

Maggie at Ophelia's Place in Oregon

Shanika at Sputnik holding her doll with Maggie's doll 

Shanika at Sputnik holding her doll with Maggie's doll 

Before we said goodbye, we promised them that we would give their dolls to someone very special. 

 

The dolls will continue traveling the world until they find final homes!  

After the dolls left Sri Lanka, they visited in India for a couple of days on the way coming back to the States. 

After the dolls left Sri Lanka, they visited in India for a couple of days on the way coming back to the States. 

Meet our Fabulous Guest Artists at an Evening of Art & Music with MSTERIO (formerly HappyDoll)

Looking forward to seeing you! 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30TH

6:30 PM DOORS OPEN

7:00 - 8:30 PM CONCERT AND COCKTAIL RECEPTION

TENRI CULTURAL INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK

43A WEST 13TH STREET NY NY 10011  

212-645-2800  

RSVP Required. Seats are limited. 

PLEASE VISIT OUR EVENT PAGE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY!!!

 

MIORI INATA, Photographer

From 1991, Miori was an active photographer in New York. Since witnessing the 2001 terrorist attacks in his hometown of Manhattan, she has visited and photographed Holy Lands of Prayer like Israel, Palestine, Native Indian lands, Mexico, Greece, Ukraine, France, Angkor Wat, as well as the Yunnan and Tibetan temples. From 2005, she began shooting the Ise Grand Shrine and the transitions it underwent every 20 years, which has become her life work. She won Shinto Cultural Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. The photos she has taken of the Holy Land have been on display in museums in Japan, New York, Monaco, Israel, and Europe. She has appeared in all forms of media around the world, and has participated in many lectures as well as published her work. Her first English book will be published in this spring.

https://ja-jp.facebook.com/MioriInata

JULIA MEYNERT, Violinist

Julia Meynert, born in Bochum, Germany, into a German-Japanese family, got her first lessons at the age of 5. Her studies eventually took her to the the Vienna Conservatory (Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität), the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy), and at the Scuola di Musica di Mantova (Italy).

Julia won 1st prize at the national music competition in Germany, "Jugend Musiziert," in 1998 and in 2001, and 3rd prize at the Luigi Nono Competition in Italy in 2008. Julia has performed all over the world -- in Germany , Austria, France, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Slovenia, and the United States in such renowned halls as the Brahms Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Hall. Julia Meynert has been invited to judge for the “Olympic Challenge Competition“ at Steinway and Carnegie Halls in New York, and for the Crescendo International Competition, Carnegie Hall. Since Summer 2014, Julia has run her own festival in Italy near Venice. She is a violin instructor at the Palisades School of Music (NJ) and also at the Performing Arts Conservatory of NY.

 

ERI KANG, Pianist

Eri’s tone beauty and compelling musicality has been hailed by audiences throughout the world. As a Japanese-born Korean American pianist, soloist, collaborative pianists and chamber musician, she has appeared frequently at the major concert halls in New York City, Europe, the Far East including Korea and Japan, and throughout the United States. She has received rave reviews from major newspaper, and music magazines such as the Los Angeles Times, Strad Magazine ,and String Magazine. Heard frequently on NPR, WQXR, WNCN, and at numerous music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, she has also performed highly acclaimed Piano Duo Recitals with Akira Eguchi.  Eri has recorded for DC “Dear America” performing Gershwin’s “Fantasy on Porgy and Bess for two pianos” and this CD has been selected as the best new-release CD by Japanese Recording Arts Magazine.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Toho School of Music, and her Master’s degree from the Juilliard School.  Eri frequently serves as an official pianist for violin and other string instrumental competitions in the United States, Sion Valais International Competition (Switzerland), Buenos Aires International Violin Competition, and Johansen International Spring Competition among others. Eri is a faculty member of the City University of New York Brooklyn College.

MARIANNA ROSETT, Composer & Pianist

Born in Transylvania, began her piano and ballet studies at the age of 5 and made her radio and television debut in Bucharest at the age of 10 as the winner of the International Youth Festival. Marianna has studied at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, and New York’s Juilliard, where she became the youngest faculty member in the school’s history, teaching music, drama, and dance.  She has devoted much of her life to teaching, specializing in classical improvisation, which she believes liberates the creative energies and imagination of the performer.  Marianna is working on her first opera called Edwin, about the Shakespearean 19th century actor Edwin Booth.

 

YIMI KUROSAWA, 13 & 20-strings Koto player/Composer/Improviser/ Computer Sound

Yumi was born and raised in Japan, and began studying the 13-stringed-Koto at the age of three with her parents, Kazuo and Chikako Kurosawa. At the age of 15, she began studying the 20-stringed-Koto with Nanae Yoshimura.

Yumi won the first prize at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992, and a scholarship from The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan in 1998. She began touring internationally when she was 10 years old making her Carnegie Hall debut in 2005. In 2011, she was principal soloist in Daron Hagen's Koto Concerto Genji and in The Memory Stone by Marty Legan at the Houston Grand Opera. She played Takashi Yoshimatsu’s Koto Concerto FUGAKU with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at their opening gala at Suntory Hall, Tokyo; collaborated with world renowned hip hop dancers, Les Twins, at world heritage temple Kiyomizudera; and performed at the World Economic Forum in China. She has also composed for Ballet, Tsuru commissioned by the Houston Ballet and Asia Society, TEXAS.  

Yumi has been lauded by the NY Times for her graceful musicianship,“drawing on a timbral palette that [ranges] from warm and rounded to bright and metallic.”

www.facebook.com/yumikurok

 

 

HIDEKO COLTON, NY Style Entertainment Cooking Teacher, Author.  Owner of COLTONS NEWYORK

Born and raised in Japan, Hideko moved to New York in 1990 where she worked in the financial industry. After studying at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Hyde Park, NY, Hideko changed her career from finance to food founding COLTONS NEWYORK, a cooking event and lifestyle company in 2009.

Since 2010 Hideko has been developing and teaching a NY-style entertainment class called NY Omotenashi (hospitality in Japanese) cooking class for Japanese women, with more than 1,500 members all over the world. Her class goes beyond cooking by celebrating the total experience of entertaining including cocktails, table top decorations, flower arrangements, pairing with wine, scent and music. Her class has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, and she has a regular TV segment called America’s Kitchen for Fuji TV USA/Fujisankei.

On December 7th, 2015, Kodansha (the largest publishing company in Japan). published Hideko's first cookbook in Japan. The book “NY Omotenashi Recipe” (NY Style Entertainment Recipe) introduces her unique cooking style to the Japanese people.

http://ameblo.jp/coltonsnewyork/

http://www.facebook.com/hideko.colton 

https://instagram.com/hidekocolton/

 

 

 

2016 Year of MONKEY!

As the New Year has arrived, we are reminded once again how appreciative we are for all our wonderful friends.

Last year was an extraordinary one for us and it couldn't have happened without the trust and support you've given us. 

We are now very excited to start our 6th year especially we’ve announced the name change from HappyDoll, Inc. to MSTERIO Inc.. 

As we’ve given over 6,000 dolls to date, we will continue accomplishing our goal and continued connecting children around the world.  

Our work would not be possible without your support, so on behalf of all the children we serve across the world, thank YOU for your support.

SAVE THE DATE for our Spring Gala in the evening of March 30th (Wed) night in NY

Please note that we’ve moved to our office recently to:

315 West 36th Street, NY NY 10018

Once again thank you for being an important part of MSTERIO.

MSTERIO (formerly HappyDoll) receives 2015 Best of Manhattan Award

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Happydoll Inc Receives 2015 Best of Manhattan Award

Manhattan Award Program Honors the Achievement

MANHATTAN November 4, 2015 -- Happydoll Inc has been selected for the 2015 Best of Manhattan Award in the Community & Social Services category by the Manhattan Award Program.

Each year, the Manhattan Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Manhattan area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Manhattan Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Manhattan Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Manhattan Award Program

The Manhattan Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Manhattan area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Manhattan Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Manhattan Award Program

CONTACT:
Manhattan Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@local-best.com
URL: http://www.local-best.com

Live in the moment

Let us introduce one of our dedicated volunteers and special friends, BETTY!  She's helping us stuffing dolls and making blank dolls.  When she lost her husband in 2006, she invited her sister to go around the world with her and made so many new friends. Since then she's been keeping in touch with them still. Although she has no children, she has so many people who call her "MOM BETTY".  She smiles all the time, and gives the BEST HUGS. Her philosophy of her life is "LIVE IN THE MOMENT", and "HELPING OTHERS".

Our 5-Year Anniversary (and a Special Announcement!)

HappyDoll is celebrating our fifth year this year. Hard to believe it’s been 5 years already!  Thanks to you, we’ve been connecting children around the world with our dolls - hand-decorated by children for children. We’ve distributed over 5,000 dolls to date!
 
We love our mission and our name, HappyDoll. Yet, so many similarly named groups and organizations have popped up since we began. People often are confused. We have decided to change the name to something more unique and identifiable. 
 
15 years ago, our founder, Nozomi Terao, started an organization in Japan to connect Japanese children with the non-Japanese world. In many ways, this organization, named MSTERIO, spawned many of the ideas behind HappyDoll. 
 
Today, we are pleased to announce we’re adopting MSTERIO as the name of our organization as well. As of April 1st, we are MSTERIO Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit and our website is MSTERIO.org. 
 
We continue "connecting children" around the world.  Our work would not be possible without your support, so on behalf of all the children we serve across the world, thank YOU for your support.