'Hello Kitty' - Japan's New Tourism Ambassador


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Hello Kitty has come a long way since her humble beginnings as a sketch on notepads and diaries. She is so popular in China and Hong Kong that she was recently named "tourism ambassador". That means she will promote tourism to the two countries on behalf of the Japanese Government.

Hello Kitty first appeared on Sanrio stationary in 1974 as one of their 'cutesy' characters. She was created half Japanese and half English, because in those days' the Japanese people did not travel much and were fascinated by anything non-Japanese. Till today, this cute cat and her family "reside" in England, not Japan. She was also drawn without a mouth to indicate that she speaks a global language from her "heart".

Much to the surprise of her creators, the round-faced cartoon cat became a sensation among the young girls in Japan. Soon, her parent company started to make other "Hello Kitty" branded products. Today, the cat adorns over 50,000 products, which are sold in over 60 countries globally. They earn over $500 million U.S. Dollars annually for Hello Kitty's parent Company, Sanrio.

Needless to say, this cute cat is a star within her own company. The Sanrio website is dedicated mostly to her (www.sanriotown.com). She has a blog, a 3D Japanese Television Show and a Japanese theme park starring her and her friends. Also coming soon is a website dedicated to Hello Kitty Games.(www.hellokittyonline.com/us/).

Unlike most kid characters, Hello Kitty seems to appeal to both kids and adults, especially in China and Hong Kong, which is the reason Japan's officials picked her for the new role. They hope that she will attract more tourists to Japan, helping officials reach their goal of attracting over 10 million visitors to the country annually.

Are you a Hello Kitty fan? Were you ever? - Be sure to let us know by adding your comments below.

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  • ya boyWednesday, October 24, 2018 at 12:35 pm
    I am a Hello Kitty fan ever since I was little.😺
    • heyyyyanimelife
      heyyyyanimelifeThursday, October 4, 2018 at 5:59 pm
      I am a Hello Kitty fan ever since I was little.😺
      • utydtrsrTuesday, November 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm
        awsome viedio love hello kitty!
        • lil_lil101
          lil_lil101Friday, October 21, 2016 at 3:49 am
          I do not like hello kitty but I used to
          • supergirl360
            supergirl360Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 12:12 pm
            Me too
          • clingisa000
            clingisa000Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 8:40 am
            i like kittys not big ones though 🐱🐈🐁
            • stewaane000
              stewaane000Friday, March 4, 2016 at 9:00 am
              I love her and her sister
              • edmonjay000
                edmonjay000Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9:15 am
                hello kitty has a sister. lol cool.
                • clingisa000
                  clingisa000Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 8:36 am
                  you did not know that
                • IWillRuinUrDaySunday, February 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm
                  Hello Kitty is the product of a pact between a mother and the Lord of the Underworld
                  • hernaday001
                    hernaday001Friday, February 19, 2016 at 11:24 am
                    • KittyFriday, January 22, 2016 at 9:58 am