Happy Birthday, HappyDoll!

Isn't this GREAT? It's the "Happy Birthday" hat made by Miki Katagiri. Her website is a gallery of the most magical and exciting hats you'll ever see!

Last Wednesday, January 11, 2012 marked the one-year-anniversary of HappyDoll.Org!  Since we wanted all eyes to be on the "Drive Me to the Sea" screening, we kept a low profile but we would like to take this moment to THANK each and every one of our supporters, volunteers, and donors for being a part of HappyDoll. 

HURRAY! We're 1-year-old. Yes, we're still small, but watch out--This organization will grow like mustard seeds!

Also, a special thanks to Yuka, for sending us these beautiful flowers and a card, and to Miki, the milliner, who is responsible for the amazing hat above.  Miki has been helping us sew the HappyDolls since last year.  If you recall, she came to our Sweet Success Party wearing a special HappyDoll hat she had made for the occasion.

Lovely flowers and a card sent by our friend, Yuka.Thanks everyone, for the heart-warming messages!

Next good news: HappyDoll was interviewed by JapanCulture-NYC! The result? A beautiful article about our organization and our mission. Please be sure to check it out.  JapanCulture-NYC is one of our favorite resources for the best Japanese culture this city has to offer!

We have ONE MORE exciting announcement! (Last one we promise...well, for today at least.) The tickets for the screening of  "Drive Me to the Sea" at Japan Society is SOLD OUT!

But no worries! You still have the opportunity to catch the screenings at The Nippon Club and White Plains Family YMCA! Hurry though...tickets are selling fast.

-Sat. Jan, 21th 4:30pm @The Nippon Club (145 West 57th Street)  Screening includes introduction and Q&A (in Japanese only) with screenwriter, Kuniaki Yamashita, and communication therapist, Hisako Cunningham, M.S.   Tickets $10/$7 (members, students & seniors) 212-581-2223    yhonda@nipponclub.org

-Sat. Jan, 21th 4pm @White Plains Family YMCA (250 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY) Screening includes a panel discussion in English with Julie Azuma, Founder and President of Different Roads to Learning, and our very own Executive Director, Nozomi Terao.  Tickets $7/$0 (for children 6th grade and under)914-761-8450   tokyopr@frostvalley.org

Here's the movie trailer (in Japanese) of "Drive Me to the Sea":

http://youtu.be/7ZfpkIJxdvA