Recently Ryan and I popped into Langham Place in Mong Kok to be greeted by a 1960’s-themed Hello Kitty exhibition!
They even had Hello Kitty dumplings! (Or Char Siu Meow, as Ryan likes to call them…)
I had a little snoop online and found some pretty interesting information on the Hello Kitty brand:
– Hello Kitty is a fictional character produced by the Japanese company, Sanrio, first designed by Yuko Shimizu.
– Sanrio’s motto is “social communication,” therefore the name “Hello Kitty” reflects that.
– Hello Kitty does not have a mouth because she is “Sanrio’s ambassador to the world and isn’t bound to any particular language”.
– Representatives for Sanrio view Hello Kitty as a symbol of friendship and they hope that she will encourage friendship between people around the world.
– Originally aimed at the pre-adolescent female market, the Hello Kitty product range has expanded from dolls, clothes, accessories and stationery to televisions, home appliances, guitars and wine. These products range from mass market items to high-end consumer products and rare collectibles.
Since 2004, Mastercard debit cards have featured Hello Kitty designs. The Bank of America joined in from 2009, including Hello Kitty cheques.
EVA Airways in Taiwan created the first Hello Kitty Jet from 2005. Two more were produced in 2012 due to popular demand.
Furthermore a Hello Kitty themed maternity hospital opened in Yuanlin, Taiwan in 2008. Hello Kitty is featured everywhere in the hospital, including the nurses’ uniform, bedding and room decorations! The hospital’s owner hoped that the theme would ease the stress of childbirth.
Unfortunately a brutal murder took place in Hong Kong in 1999. This became known as the Hello Kitty Murder, whereby the murderer inserted his victim’s head into a Hello Kitty doll after decapitating her.
And on that note, we’re going to move to something a less menacing…how about Mike Wazowski and a Ryan-sized Gundam?
The Hello Kitty Exhibition ends on September 15th 2013.
And that’s a wrap 😉