China’s first Hello Kitty theme park opens with celebration

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Audrey Magazine:

Yes, it’s true! The first international Hello Kitty Park (there’s one in Hello Kitty’s home country Japan) was just inaugurated November 28, 2014 and is set to officially open on January 1, 2015.

Construction began back in 2011 and thus far, the project has cost over $300 million US dollars to construct. The 150 acre theme park expects one million visitors each year. The park celebrated its completion last Friday with invited guests dancing, eating and signing the inauguration board with Hello Kitty characters. According to The Hettema Group website, the new Hello Kitty Park is meant to be the Sanrio characters’ very special home-away-from home.

 

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The theme park is located in Anji, Zhejiang province, which is approximately a three hour drive west of Shanghai. Known for its rich forests and greenery, Anji is definitely an appropriate location for Hello Kitty’s “nature” theme park. The name was a selling point as well.

Hello Kitty Park is the first in China. But why did we choose to build it here in Anji? Because Anji is a good name,” explains Frank Liu of New Insight of MGMT. “In Chinese it means both peaceful and auspicious.”

 

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Nature’s five elements (wood, fire, water, metal, and earth) parallel with the five garden zones of the park for interactive activities. An area is also reserved for a world festival to feature important holidays such as Chinese New Year.

 

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The park also has an official website (not yet in English) which maps the six different zones of the park. Each zone is home to a different Sanrio character. This includes the classic Hello Kitty (Hello Kitty’s Home), her friend My Melody (Melody Village), the adorably green Keroppi (Happy Harbor), tough guy Badtz-Maru (Steam Kingdom) and banana-lover Monkichi (Spirit Forest). The sixth zone will be a comprehensive Friendship Plaza for characters to play together.

 

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The park will also have a luxury hotel, and yes — the rooms will be decorated in Hello Kitty theme.

 

Hello Kitty IT gadgets now capturing hearts of Japanese netizens

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RocketNews 24:

 

Now, we know that not all technology may be good, and there are plenty of stories out there, be they movies or novels, of technology run amok. But you have to admit there are times when you just have to love technology, like when it comes in a cute, pop form that allows you to carry around large amounts of data in style. Yes, readers,we present to you these adorable Mimobot and Sanrio collaborative flash drives from Mimoco — they’re currently generating a bit of a buzz on online here in Japan, and we dare anyone out there to say that the results of the collaboration aren’t über cute!

Mimoco, an American design house based in Boston that has been producing attractive gadgets that combine pop art with technology for nearly 10 years now, created this particular line of Mimobot flash drives as a joint project to commemorate Sanrio’s 50th anniversary back in 2010.

 

▼This is the Hello Kitty Classic  Mimobot flash drive. 

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Well, it turns out there’s a reason why this Hello Kitty Classic version of the flash drive in particular,  has recently been attracting the interest of Japanese net users. It has come to the attention of Japanese netizens that this version of Hello Kitty, because of her elongated face, looks like the main character from a popular Japanese mangaCooking Papa.

 

▼Here’s a cover illustration of Cooking Papa. 

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Yes, that’s apparently the reason why there have been a lot of tweets lately in Japan featuring this Mimobot Kitty flash drive. Despite the fact that the product has been around for some time now,  it seems that the Japanese public has only recently become widely aware of the uniquely designed Hello Kitty gadget and its resemblance to a familiar manga figure.

 

▼Of course, Hello Kitty’s sweet friends were also turned into cute little flash drives for Sanrio’s 50th anniversary, and they too have been admired online along with  the Hello Kitty Classic version! Here’s My Melody, the hooded girl rabbit.

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▼We also have Hangyodon, a half-fish and half-human creature.

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▼Here’s Tuxedo Sam, the bow tie-sporting penguin.

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▼This is Chococat as a flash drive, but we already knew cats are cute whatever they form they come in, didn’t we?

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▼And last but not least, there’s also Badtz-Maru, the penguin with an attitude.

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Now, these Hello Kitty Mimobots below are technically not a part of the anniversary collaboration between Sanrio and Mimoco, but they looked so cool, we’re sharing them with you anyway!

 

▼This is the Hello Kitty Nerd Kitty Mimobot. So this is what the most popular cat in the world looks like dressed up as a nerd!

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▼And there’s also a series of Mimobots of Hello Kitty “cosplaying” as nine different animals. Now, if that isn’t cute, we don’t know what is. Wouldn’t you just hate to have to choose just one of them?

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The Mimobots are priced between US$19.99 and $69.99, depending on the flash drive’s memory capacity. Unfortunately, because these have been on sale for a few years now, some of them are now sold out on the Mimoco website, including the Hello Kitty Classic, My Melody and Hangyodon Mimobots, as well as two of the animal Hello Kitty Mimobots, but there are still plenty of adorable Sanrio flash drives you can get your hands on, so be sure to check out their site if like us, you find these tiny gadgets utterly irresistible!