Thursday, January 11, 2007
Kawaii Hello Kitty!
Some days, you need -- not just like and seek -- a little whimsy. For my part, that's when I often turn to things Sanrio. This way, I get my requisite dose of kawaii (the Japanese word for cute) along with the whimsy.
For those who don't (yet) know: Sanrio is the Japanese mega-corporation established in 1960 by Shintaro Tsuji whose best-selling as well as most famous icon is the feline phenomenon known as Hello Kitty (but whose stable of kawaii characters also include Hello Kitty's tuff-haired boyfriend, Dear Daniel, and the now sadly -- at least to my mind, even if no one else's! -- discontinued Winki Pinki).
These days, however, it's increasingly unlikely that you're unfamiliar with Hello Kitty (who -- this fact is especially for those of you who are inclined to think that interest in the infamously "mouthless cat" is but a passing fad -- is now more than thirty-years old!). This may be especially true in territories like Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia where Kitty-chan's visage is more ubiquitous than that of, say, Mickey Mouse. But when even American news sources like San Francisco's SF.Gate.com came to carry a piece on How Hello Kitty Came To Rule the World as far back as July 2004 and the Boston Globe had a similar feature entitled Kitty on top later that year...
...Anyways, all this is but a prelude to directing fans of Hello Kitty -- along with any interested parties -- to a fun blog which I recently discovered and have been unable to stop myself from regularly re-visiting; one that's entitled Hello Kitty Sightings but also covers choice sightings of many of the rest of the Sanrio gang. Enjoy? I know I do -- and sans any amount of guilt or embarassment for doing so too! :b