A friend recently posted photographs of a Hello Kitty shrine on Facebook, and I thought, how ridiculous! Of course, it turns out there are more than one type of Hello Kitty shrine in the world. I have no idea why, but there are two more after the jump.
Great news for Hello Kitty fetishists! On October 22nd, Sanrio opened a new theme park at Tokyo’s entertainment hub, Odaiba, called Hello Kitty Kawaii Paradise. From the park map, it looks like there’s a theater, a gift shop, and a pancake corner… and giant dancing mascots. Its biggest clientele = Kitty fans from other parts of Asia, who are flocking the joint to get a glimpse of the one and only Venus Hello Kitty. (Venus, the goddess, is the namesake of the facility that houses the amusement park, called Venus Fort.)
via Nikkei Trendy (Japanese)
Last thing I would have expected in Haight-Ashbury… a Hello Kitty iPhone case. Also, would you think I was fobby if I carried my MacBook around in that kitschy thing next to it?
Hollywood company Fillico has created a special edition Hello Kitty version of their ridiculously overpriced bottled water. For $500, you can choose from five different types of Hello Kitty water. Red = friendship, pink = cute, yellow = heartful, green = wish, lavender = sweet. I suppose it could be a cute gift or novelty item at a wedding if you were ridiculously rich and ridiculously ridiculous.
Look at these cute little Hello Kitty mini-pizzas! Would be a great snack for people who like to eat cats.
The Hello Kitty chainsaw is even more scary than Hello Kitty motor oil.
via Akihabara News
There’s something sweetly ironic about taking something that’s stereotypically manly — like car maintenance — and pasting the face of Hello Kitty on it. Distributed by Showa Boeki for about $30.
via Designboom and Boing Boing
Hello Kitty isn’t always cute and innocent — sometimes, she decorates deadly weapons, including rifles and grenades. Some of these are real weapons, by the way, customized by gun-owners — sometimes they’re law enforcement personnel who want their wives to enjoy shooting with them. As the officer in this video says: Pink doesn’t make it any more deadly than black.
For $30, you can now Hello Kitty-ify your iPhone.
Link via Gizmodiva
Someone really likes Hello Kitty… this was seen at the Tokyo Nail Expo earlier today.
Wondering what music player to buy? For $150, you can now own this beautiful (?) crystal-studded Hello Kitty MP3 player that doubles as an accessory.
Link (via News on Japan)
If you love Hello Kitty and care about the environment, this Hello Kitty solar charger strap could be a good fit for you. It also comes with a Kitty-shaped carabiner.
Product page (Japanese)
Ever wonder what Hello Kitty’s insides look like? Here’s your answer.
I’m not crazy about Hello Kitty anything, but I do think this photo of a woman in a Kitty face mask is quite adorable.
Korean PC maker Moneual recently released this Hello Kitty-branded PC. Wow.
Did you see this picture of a Hello Kitty Stormtrooper on Boing Boing? Apparently it’s hanging out at Comic-Con, which is taking place right now in San Deigo. Wow.
This is cute, not in the conventional pink frilly Hello Kitty way, but in a much more nerdy retro Hello Kitty way. You still have to like Hello Kitty to carry it around, but if you’ve been a closet fan and are more of a black-and-white type of person than a pink person, this could work for you.
After the parade in Japantown last weekend, I ran into Hello Kitty and My Melody on the street. I was about to go bonk Kitty in the head when this gang of Asian women ran up to her screaming and took this very exciting photo. I think it totally made their day.
I’d imagine Hello Kitty beer would taste like cotton candy. Yuck.
Sanrio’s newest Hello Kitty product is this mini-desk fan that is Hello Kitty’s face. You can change the angle of her face by adjusting her paws. Kinda cute.
Press release via Impress Watch (Japanese)