It has turned my world upside down; the news that the world’s most famous cat is not, in fact, a cat.
This year, Hello Kitty celebrates her 40th birthday. In celebration, there will be a retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum, and the first Hello Kitty Con, both in Los Angeles, California.
The fact that Kitty is not a cat came as news to the organizers of her exhibit. While preparing the text, the author was corrected “firmly” by Sanrio. You can read her full back story here.
I remember Hello Kitty fondly from my youth. You were not cool in elementary if you didn’t have a Sanrio pencil case. I still have my lead pencils bearing her likeness. It wasn’t until I was an adult that Sanrio opened stores in the USA, making the assortment of swag much easier to access. Kitty has been covered in diamonds and put on t-shirts, sent into space and worn by Lady Gaga. This little girl has come a long way from her humble beginnings in my desk.