She has her own jet (courtesy of EVA Air), a castle in Shanghai, a personal hotel room in the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel in Taiwan, an amusement park in Malaysia, and then there’s the Hello Kitty Dreams restaurant in Beijing, Hello Kitty Café in Seoul, and a beauty spa in Dubai. Oh and the Hello Kitty maternity hospital in Taiwan.
In case you haven’t noticed Hello Kitty is big. We dish the dirt on this beloved character…but be warned, you will never be able to see her in the same light again.
"I was corrected — very firmly," Ms Yano told the LA Times.
Ms Yano was preparing for her exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum when Sanrio made the correction.
"Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty," Ms Yano said.
A spokesperson from Sanrio attemoted to clarify, telling gaming site Kotaku that "Hello Kitty was done in the motif of a cat”.
"It's going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat. Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat."
Right. It seems we’ll soon need a university course on Hello Kitty to understand her.
"Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty," opens 11 October at the Japanese American National Museu, in downtown Los Angeles.
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