Hello Kitty

She doesn’t need beer goggles to look cute, but we try Hello Kitty Beer anyway

She doesn’t need beer goggles to look cute, but we try Hello Kitty Beer anyway

As Japan’s most prodigious celebrity endorser, Hello Kitty certainly keeps busy. In this month alone, we’ve seen her grace Toshiba’s SD cards, and even transform herself into a cute, cuddly dislocated tooth to hawk toothpaste.

With such a hectic work schedule, it’s understandable that Kitty-chan should want to relax the same way many of us do after coming home from a long, hard day at the office: by cracking open a cold beer. Even then though, the hard-working feline is on the clock, with a new line of Hello Kitty Beer.

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Hello Kitty creators bet you’ll eat up their new characters

Hello Kitty creators bet you’ll eat up their new characters

Have you ever walked by, say, a fried chicken restaurant that had a chicken mascot and been slightly disturbed by the implications of a food-themed character? If you eat the chicken there, aren’t you essentially killing the mascot? And why on earth is he so happy about it?

Japan is full of stuff like this. Pigs selling tonkatsu, chickens shucking poultry, dumplings who dream of being eaten by grandma. And now, Sanrio – famous for giving birth to everybody’s favorite mouthless kitty – is jumping on the food character bandwagon with this odd mascot with an edible head made out of grilled fish.

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New design for beloved character Hello Kitty! Now she’s the cutest… tooth on the block?

New design for beloved character Hello Kitty! Now she’s the cutest… tooth on the block?

The Sanrio brand’s most recognized and beloved character, Hello Kitty, has been through thousands of incarnations in the past. But, one of the more recent ones has Kitty collectors and enthusiasts scratching their heads.

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Preserved Hello Kitty fetus helps you explain to the little ones where Hello Kitties come from

Preserved Hello Kitty fetus helps you explain to the little ones where Hello Kitties come from

Given that the apparently rather promiscuous Hello Kitty will lend her likeness to just about everything, from doughnuts to assault rifles, it’s only a matter of time until the world is plastered in Hello Kitty spawn and our little human children are asking where all these frighteningly cute mouthless kitties come from.

Well, thanks to the curious mind of Moistproductions.com‘s Jason Freeny, you can now get your hands on a helpful tool to explain!

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Stick a cat in your camera: Hello Kitty SD card on sale this month

Stick a cat in your camera: Hello Kitty SD card on sale this month

Where won’t Hello Kitty go? She’s already been in a hotel suite, on the side of an overpriced melon, and even in someone’s eye. Now it appears she’ll be heading to the inside of your camera soon.

Toshiba just announced that they will begin selling a new version of their Hello Kitty SD card later this month and it appears that the packaging may be even cuter than the black and pink card itself.

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Yes, Hello Kitty really does need a fedora, and the reason why is delicious

Yes, Hello Kitty really does need a fedora, and the reason why is delicious

Has Hello Kitty finally buckled to hipster fashion trends? Has she been tapped to replace the aging Harrison Ford in an upcoming new Indiana Jones movie, under the logic that if the franchise can include aliens, why not anthropomorphic cats, too? Or has she simply decided to make a living as a hard-boiled private eye?

That third theory actually isn’t so far off the mark, but as with any good mystery, the real culprit behind Kitty-chan’s throwback headgear is someone, or in this case something, you’d never expect: custard pudding.

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I’m dreaming of Kitty: One fashion designer’s love of Japan’s most famous feline

I’m dreaming of Kitty: One fashion designer’s love of Japan’s most famous feline

Romi Mizukami, a fashion designer for popular Japanese clothing brand BEAMS, is without a doubt one of Japan’s biggest Hello Kitty fans, or rather “Kittylers.” Her home is a veritable shrine to the little kitty that could, with blacks, whites, and reds as far as the eye can see, and for the past few years she has slowly incorporated the uniquely kawaii Hello Kitty style into not just her design work but her very own wardrobe.

Come on in and meet the real-life Kitty-chan!

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The new Hello Kitty suite: For a limited, cute time only!

The new Hello Kitty suite: For a limited, cute time only!

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to some of Japan’s greatest themed-hotel rooms, but it seems we may have jumped the gun just a bit because The Prince Hotel located in Minato Ward of Tokyo has just opened up a brand new Hello Kitty-themed suite, and it might very well be one of the cutest rooms we’ve ever seen.

Check out the photos and details of the cutest room in Japan below.

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Hello Kitty goods so cute you can stick ‘em in your eyez!

Hello Kitty goods so cute you can stick ‘em in your eyez!

According to people who know these kinds of things, Hello Kitty is so cute that it wouldn’t even hurt if she fell into your eye.

We’re not entirely sure where reality ends and metaphor begins with that sentence, but Fall in Eyez, a color contact lenses company, has decided to find out with their new Hello Kitty contact lenses!

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From Gundam to Wicked: 21 themed Japanese hotel rooms that you won’t believe

From Gundam to Wicked: 21 themed Japanese hotel rooms that you won’t believe

When choosing a place to stay while traveling, most people look for very specific things in hotels: location, price, continental breakfasts that are open until ten so that lazy people like us can still get some food.

But others want a little bit more out of the their hotel, like intricately detailed themed rooms!

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Screaming Hello: Kitty-chan goes artsy in unusual merchandise venture

Screaming Hello: Kitty-chan goes artsy in unusual merchandise venture

That Kitty-chan never takes a break, does she? When she’s not appearing on kids’ pencil cases or pyjamas, she’s baring her behind and splicing her own DNA with melons. This time around, the world-famous feline is muscling in on expressionist artist Edvard Munch’s icon painting, The Scream.

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My, Kitty, haven’t you grown!? Japan’s favourite feline gets a risqué remake

My, Kitty, haven’t you grown!? Japan’s favourite feline gets a risqué remake

Oh, Kitty-chan, you look… different! Sent to us by Madrid-based reader April, these photos of a cheeky t-shirt riff on everyone’s favourite Japanese cat are sure to raise a few eyebrows both at home and abroad.

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Hello Kitty shows off her backside in tribute to the fundoshi-clad men of Fukuoka

Hello Kitty shows off her backside in tribute to the fundoshi-clad men of Fukuoka

A fundoshi is a traditional Japanese undergarment that is basically a thong for dudes. Made of a single, long piece of cloth, the fundoshi was the go-to underwear for Japanese men until the middle of the 20th century. That’s right, no boxers, no briefs, just white cotton man thongs. Thankfully, few modern men are running around Japan with a fundoshi shoved up their butt, but they are still used in many festivals to this day.

As a tribute to one of these festivals, the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Matsuri in Fukuoka, Hello Kitty can now be seen in a white fundoshi.

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Vote for your favourite Sanrio character!

Vote for your favourite Sanrio character!

Cast your vote in one of the cutest elections around! A total of 100 characters are in the running to be named crowd favourite in Sanrio’s annual popularity poll this year, each one primped and ready with the standard political sash and some imaginative campaign promises. We take a look at some of the elected delegates, from well-known favourites to brand new faces and some unique characters we never even knew existed. Will Hello Kitty come out on top? Or will she be knocked off her perch by a smiling high speed train, a group of android beetles, or a dog that resembles a custard dessert? Take a look and choose your favourite for 2013!

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Horrifying Hello Kitty soap dispenser makes every restroom visit a test of will

Horrifying Hello Kitty soap dispenser makes every restroom visit a test of will

Some brave soul on Twitter decided to stick some expired color contacts onto a Hello Kitty soap dispenser, inadvertently creating the above monstrosity that is guaranteed to turn every trip to the bathroom into an unnerving test of mental fortitude.

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Hello Kitty Melons Selling for an Exorbitant Price in Japan

Hello Kitty Melons Selling for an Exorbitant Price in Japan

Japan seems to have mastered the art of growing cute fruit. Heart lemons, star cucumbers, and even the infamous square watermelons are all testaments to the lengths farmers in Japan will go to in order to provide the masses with adorable fruit. The newest delightfully deformed fruit to hit the market is a musk melon with an image of Hello Kitty etched into the rind. However only a select few who are quick (and rich) enough to snatch them up will be able to enjoy the flavor of Hello Kitty’s melons in their mouth.

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Mister Donut and Hello Kitty Now Serving up Cute Doughnuts!

Mister Donut and Hello Kitty Now Serving up Cute Doughnuts!

When we heard that Mister Donut was teaming up with Hello Kitty to celebrate the opening of a new Hello Kitty cupcake ride at Universal Studios Japan, we knew there would be a sweet surprise. The result? An insanely cute doughnut range featuring Ms Kitty’s signature bow and a few unique mini cupcake-inspired creations. Plus, a Hello Kitty ribbon headphone jack charm for purchases over 600 yen (US$6)!

But what would a Hello Kitty-approved doughnut taste like? We were seduced by the cute kitten and headed down to our local store to try out her wares. Join us as we take you through the range, bite by delicious bite…

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Kitty-vision: Hello Kitty and Niconico Video Get Together for a Sweet Collaboration

Kitty-vision: Hello Kitty and Niconico Video Get Together for a Sweet Collaboration

If you’re a Hello Kitty fan, here’s something that you won’t want to miss. In one of the coolest collaborations we’ve seen in a long time, Kitty-chan’s parent company Sanrio has joined paws (sorry) with quirky Japanese video site Niconico to produce a series of limited edition chocolate boxes.

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The Surprising Truth Revealed! Now We Know Why Hello Kitty Has Been Working So Hard

The Surprising Truth Revealed! Now We Know Why Hello Kitty Has Been Working So Hard

We’ve brought to you many stories previously about how Hello Kitty isn’t picky at all about her jobs. Collaborating with other popular characters, operating hotels and restaurants, changing herself into various foods (and even going nude!) — you name it, she’s probably done it. Yes, she’s the internationally loved cat of all trades. And you may love her even more once you find out just why she’s been working so hard. Read More

Where No Kitty Has Gone Before… Amazing Video From a Middle School Science Project

Where No Kitty Has Gone Before… Amazing Video From a Middle School Science Project

Space: the final frontier. This is the voyage of a homemade rocket carrying the fearless Hello Kitty as its sole passenger. Its mission: to explore the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature, and to boldly go where no Kitty has gone beforeRead More

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