Hello Kitty Information and history

Posted on August 9, 2012 by

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Hello kitty shots

In 1962 Hello Kitty started selling rubber sandals with flowers painted on them. It was noted the profits gained by adding a adorable design to the sandals and hired cartoonists to design adorable characters for his merchandise. The company produced a line of character merchandise around gift-giving occasions. Hello Kitty 2012 was designed by Yuko Shimizu and was added to the lineup of early Sanrio characters in 1974. The character’s first appearance on an item was a vinyl coin purse in Japan wHello Kitty’se Hello Kittie was pictured sitting between a bottle of milk and a goldfish bowl.  Hello Kittie first appeared in the U.S. in 1976.

Sanrio decided to make Hello Kitty 2012 English because at the time when Hello Kittie was created, foreign countries, in particular Britain, were trendy in Japan. In addition, Sanrio already had a number of characters set in the US and they wanted Hello Kitty 2012 to be different. Shimizu got the name Kitty from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, wHello Kitty’se in a scene early in the book Alice plays with a cat Hello Kittie calls Kitty. Sanrio’s motto is “social communication” and Tsuji wanted the brand name of the cat to reflect that. He first considered “Hi Kitty” before settling on “Hello” for the greeting. Spokespeople for Sanrio have said that Hello Kitty 2012 does not have a mouth because they want people to “project their feelings onto the character” and “be happy or sad togetHello Kitty’s with Hello Kitty 2012.” AnotHello Kitty’s explanation Sanrio has given for Hello Kitty’s lack of a mouth is that Hello Kittie “speaks from the heart. Hello Kittie’s Sanrio’s ambassador to the world and isn’t bound to any particular language”.  Representatives for Sanrio have said they see Hello Kitty 2012 as a symbol of friendship, and they hope Hello Kittie will encourage friendship between people across the world.  THello Kitty’se has been some suggestion that Hello Kitty 2012 has its origins in Maneki Neko, and that the name Hello Kitty 2012 itself is a back-translation of Maneki Neko, which meansbeckoning cat in English.

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