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Hello Kitty skull ring and skull necklace

 

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RocketNews 24 (byPreston Phro):

You think you’re metal? Well, we bet you’re not half as metal as these silver Hello Kitty skull accessories!

Of course, you don’t have to be a metalhead, goth, or punk to enjoy a Hello Kitty skull ring or necklace, but we bet it helps! Regardless of what your preferred music is, these accessories help you bring the perfect blend of cute and badass wherever you go.

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Produced by JAM HOME MADE, the rings cost 31,320 yen (about US$264) and come in five different sizes. With a rhodium-plated surface, the skull are equipped with Kitty-chan’s distinguishing features — namely a red ribbon and a cute yellow nose. They also have dark black eye holes, perfect for staring into when someone else is hogging the abyss.

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If the ring is a bit too pricey for you, you can always opt for a necklace instead, which costs 17,280 yen (about $145). Though the pendant is smaller than the ring, it still offers the same ribbon and nose and comes with a 45-centimeter (17.7-inch) chain.

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Prices listed above include tax and shipping is free — if you live in Japan. For those of you outside Japan, you’ll have to use a reshipping service, since Jam Home Made doesn’t accept international orders. If you’d prefer to make your purchase in person, you could try going to one of Jam Home Made’s locations in Osaka or Tokyo when the accessories officially go on sale January 30.

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InStyle: Hello Kitty is getting her wwn museum exhibit in Seattle this fall

Hello Kitty Is Getting Her Own Museum Exhibit in Seattle This Fall

InStyle (by Tess Kornfeld):

Hello Kitty just turned 40, and she’s celebrating the big milestone by hitting up the West Coast. But she’s not leaving Japan for the sunny beaches of California as you might expect. Instead, our favorite cartoon cat is getting her very own exhibit at the EMP Museum in Seattle, WA.

Starting on November 14, the Hello! Exploring the Supercute World Of Hello Kitty retrospective will be on display, honoring the 40th anniversary of Sanrio‘s bow-wearing and pink-loving pop culture phenomenon—even though we don’t think she looks like she’s aged a day.

The exhibition, which comes straight from the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, will look back at Hello Kitty’s evolution over time. And get ready for some major flashback moments. Among the artwork and pieces featured will be over 600 Hello Kitty products that have been released since the character was just a wee little kitten. Some of the vintage treasures like stationery and the first telephone to feature Hello Kitty go back as far as the 1970s. But the exhibit also features more modern pieces, such as the iconic plush toy-covered Hello Kitty dress worn by Lady Gaga in 2009 (shown above) and a couture bustier that Katy Perry wore to the Brit Awards that same year.

You can catch the fabulous feline’s exhibit in Seattle through May 2016. And the Sanrio star’s East Coast fans may get to join in on the fun soon, too. The brand is hoping to bring the exhibit to additional museums throughout the country, although specific plans have yet to be announced. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed.

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Hello Kitty-themed restaurant in Beijing is now serving up dim sum

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Audrey Magazine:

In the last few years, we’ve been seeing Hello Kitty cafes and food trucks popping up to bring adorable desserts with Hello Kitty’s face or her signature red bow peeking up. With conventions and exhibits dedicated to our favorite Sanrio character, it’s obvious we just can’t get enough. Thankfully, it seems we keep getting more and more Hello Kitty everyday. In fact, now you can find Hello Kitty dim sum!

Before you get too excited, there’s one thing that may stand in your way. You’ll have to get a plane ticket to Hong Kong if you want to have dim sum in this Hello Kitty-themed restaurant. Although the very pink Hello Kitty Dreams Restaurant in Beijing was the first to bring savory foods inspired by the iconic character, this new dim sum restaurant is the first of its kind. Opening this month, it will also be serving noodle dishes, rice dishes and pretty much anything else you would typically find at a dim sum restaurant. Just much, much cuter to look at. We’ll just have to wait and see if they taste just as yummy as they look.

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Hopefully there will be a Hello Kitty dim sum restaurant popping up in the U.S. But in the meantime, let’s take a short preview tour of the restaurant below:

A Yohji Yamamoto/Hello Kitty line is in the works

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NYMag (by Véronique Hyland):

The demographic that was thrilled over the Frozen/Comme des Garçons collab this winter has something new to look forward to. WWD reports that Sanrio, which famously owns the Hello Kitty empire, is teaming up with none other than Yohji Yamamoto for a new line, to be called Kitty’s. (Presumably, the spelling is a takeoff on the designer’s Y’s collection.)

The collection will include apparel and accessories sporting Hello Kitty and My Melody characters. The new brand will open two stores this spring, both in Japan, with prices ranging from about $72 to $330. Since it’s Yohji, we can only hope that plenty of deconstruction and monochrome black will offset the whimsy.

Everything you ever needed to know about Hello Kitty… and some things you didn’t

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RocketNews 24:

The world’s most favorite mouthless cat recently turned 40 last year, but despite being around for four decades and having her likeness reproduced on nearly every item of clothing, stationary, and household good imaginable, there is a lot more to know about Hello Kitty than you probably realized, like her real name, her family members, and the fact that… she’s not exactly a cat after all?

Known to the English-speaking world as Hello Kitty, and referred to in her country of origin (which is Japan, of course) as Kitty-chan, according to her profile, her full name is Kitty White.

Her birthday is November 1, 1974, and while she was created by Japanese company Sanrio, her back story states she was born in the outskirts of London. Her height is “five apples”, her weight is “three apples”, and her favorite food? We’ll give you a hint: it includes apples again… Give up? The answer is: her mother’s apple pie.

▼Who wouldn’t love a slice of some freshly baked apple pie?

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Did you know Hello Kitty’s blood type is A? While blood type might not mean much to you unless you’ve had a blood transfusion (I personally didn’t even know my blood type for almost two decades of my life), the Japanese believe that your blood type has ties to your personality traits. So, for example, a person with type-A blood would be earnest, creative, sensible, reserved, patient, and responsible. A fitting blood type for our sweet little Kitty!

Hello Kitty also has a twin sister named Mimmy, who tends to be shy and reserved, and enjoys doing handicrafts like patchwork and embroidery. To tell the two apart, Mimmy wears her bow on her right ear, and Kitty wears hers on her left.

In addition to her sister, Hello Kitty also has grandparents: grandmother Margaret and grandfather Anthony, and her mother and father Mary and George. Her mother is a housewife (formerly a pianist!) who enjoys making pastries, which would explain why Hello Kitty’s favorite food is apple pie!

But you may wonder, how does she eat that pie without a mouth? Truth is, it’s not that she doesn’t have a mouth, just that it’s not drawn. This is to allow the viewer to project their own feeling onto the character, allowing them to be happy or sad with her.

▼That is, until you watch the cartoon… Then you have NO CHOICE!

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Some of you Kitty-philes may have already caught the shocking news – and simultaneously had your world turned upside-down – that Hello Kitty isn’t a cat. The earth shattering revelation came about when a Sanrio representative was reported to have said, “She’s a cartoon character. She’s a little girl. She’s a friend. But she’s not a cat. She doesn’t walk on all fours- she has two legs, walks around, sits. She even has a pet.”

Perhaps saying shes not a cat is a bit much, but by definition she is a “gijinka”, or personification of a cat. Much in the same way that, while no one would call Mickey Mouse a human, he’s not exactly all mouse either.

Most surprising information of all, however, is the speculation that Hello Kitty was originally intended to be a boy. This comes from a mini-book that one used to be able to get along with the purchase of Sanrio goods, in which Kitty’s sister Mimmy calls her “onii-chan”, the Japanese word for older brother.

Floating Hello Kitty installation by Naoya Iwama

Are you man enough for these Hello Kitty clothes made just for dudes?

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RocketNews 24:

With her many collaborations with a multitude of designers and brands, it seems like Hello Kitty has merchandise for just about everyone. But while the range from cheap Kitty-chan trinkets to premium luxury items means Japan’s most famous 2-D cat has covered the demographics of both young and old as well as rich and poor, things are a little bit less balanced when it comes to the catalogue of Hello Kitty tie-ins for men versus those for women.

The ever-industrious Kitty is looking to make things a little more even, though, and last year corporate parent Sanrio announced the Hello Kitty Men Project. As part of the initiative, this month fashionable dudes in one fashionable Tokyo neighborhood can get their hands on three new Hello Kitty items made just for men.

The new items are available exclusively at Lumine Man Shibuya, the men’s-only offshoot of department store chain Lumine located in one of Tokyo’s centers of youth pop culture. Each of the three offerings comes courtesy of a tie-up with a different brand.

Starting things off is this hooded sweatshirt from Casper John.

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Featuring a field of blue Hello Kitty ribbons accompanied by a silhouette of the character herself, the 7,992-yen (US$68) pullover can be worn under a jacket for a little extra coziness in the winter, and is also warm enough to function as outerwear in its own right during the spring.

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Moving down to footwear, these Unline by Alfredo Bannister shoes once again make use of Kitty-chan’s hair bow while bestowing just a bit of extra height to their wearer. While the less fashion-conscious might call them loafers, Unline classifies them as opera shoes, a more regal-sounding name befitting their 30,240-yen price tag.

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Finally, Denime’s 31,320-yen denim jacket contains the most subtle nod of all to its feline inspiration. The simple, timeless design should make it easy to work into outfits for years to come, and as it ages the distressed look of the material should contrast nicely with the cuteness of the ribbon.

As you can see from their prices, Kitty-chan isn’t skimping on quality or status in her masculine joint venture. To help justify some of their cost, while supplies last buyers of any of the three Hello Kitty Men items will receive a business card holder with the project name splashed across it.

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Also, to literally sweeten the deal, shoppers who purchase anything in Lumine Man Shibuya between now and February 22 receive a piece of chocolate decorated with the event’s logo, once again while quantities last. And if that’s not enough to fill you up, the Cafe Manduka, located on the building’s first floor, is also getting into the spirit with Hello Kitty coasters and crepe wrappers.

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Cafe patrons can also vote on whether or not they’re down with the idea of male Hello Kitty fans. If you’re still on the fence, Midori, one of our Japanese-language correspondents, says she’s totally accepting of them, adding that she digs a man who can respect Kitty’s strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit.

▼ Kitty-chan works hard for the money by being the money.

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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.

 

Top 15 adorable Hello Kitty cakes

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Audrey Magazine:

Sanrio seems to be going all out this year for Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday. In fact, the world’s first ever Hello Kitty Con was held this past weekend. And don’t worry if you missed it. The convention may be over, but the birthday celebrating sure isn’t.

The Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, will be up until April 26, 2015. You can also take part in the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt until November 21st, which has participating locations offering limited edition Hello Kitty themed food and beverage items as well as a collectible Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt enamel pin.

So why all the big fuss, you ask?

Sanrio’s Yuko Shimizu introduced this iconic, mouthless kitty in 1974. According to Sanrio, Hello Kitty, who’s actual name is Kitty White, was born in London, England. She is the same height as five apples stacked on top of one another and her weight is three apples put together.

By 1999, Hello Kitty was appearing on 12,000 products yearly. By 2008, Hello Kitty was responsible for half of Sanrio’s billion dollar revenue. There were over 50,000 different Hello Kitty branded products in more than 60 countries.Today, Hello Kitty is worth $5 billion a year and has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Even if you can’t make it out to the Hello Kitty exhibit or participate in the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt, you can still celebrate the birthday of our beloved Hello Kitty with one of these adorable Hello Kitty cakes.

Check out the  Top 15 Adorable Hello Kitty Cakes below.

 

 

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“Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”: The largest Hello Kitty retrospective ever in America

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In celebration of the 40th anniversary of everyone’s favorite expressionless cat, the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles is hosting the largest ever retrospective on Hello Kitty to be held in the United States.

Titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty,” the exhibition encompasses a selection of rare and unique Hello Kitty-branded items chosen from the Sanrio archives, alongside contemporary artworks by artists including Buff Monster, Edwin UshiroPaul Frank and Kozyndan. In these art pieces, the iconic feline is reinterpreted into a number of wonderfully weird and wacky mélanges of disparate pop culture motifs, in doing so paying homage to Hello Kitty’s wide-ranging impact on art and culture throughout its 40 years in the limelight.

Curated by Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, and Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of the Los Angeles pop culture boutique JapanLA, you can buy your tickets for this retrospective here before it ends in April 2015.

 

 

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