The Kitty Phenomenon

Hello Kitty

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From Theme Parks to Hotels to Airlines and Beauty Spa, the Kitty Phenomenon That Has Taken Japan and the World by Storm!

Are you fan of that furry white feline wearing a perky red bow on her ear? If you are, then you know who I’m talking about. I love cats so it’s no surprise that I love Japan’s favorite mascot cat, Hello Kitty. Japan for me has always been one of my dream destinations not just because of the cherry blossoms but also because of Hello Kitty Land.



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If Disneyland is Mickey Mouse’s domain, Hello Kitty Land or Puroland as it is called in Tokyo Japan, is undoubtedly Hello Kitty’s. Another Hello Kitty theme park called Harmonyland can be found in Kyushu Island. Everywhere you go, you will see how everything is covered with her face from the floor to the walls and cups and saucers. Hello Kitty’s house is pink and so “kittyfied” that virtually all items have either the shape of her head or her face on them. There’s even an awesome Hello Kitty car! I love how pink and girly everything looks. There’s even a Hello Kitty Cafe. Just looking at the pictures, I’m already in Hello Kitty heaven.

Hello Kitty sweets

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When you enter Puroland, you can encounter other adorable Sanrio characters like Dear Daniel, Cinnamoroll and Kerokerokeroppi to name a few. But the main star is still our kitty princess. Just like in Disneyland, Puroland has rides, parades and shows featuring the Sanrio characters. The only difference is the cuteness overload. Even China can’t get enough of this cartoon feline and is planning to build its own Hello Kitty theme park, which is expected to open in 2014.

Hello Kitty Themed Hotels

Japan is known for being fanatics about a lot of things. And this love for Hello Kitty actually extends to Hello Kitty themed hotels. At Adonis Love Hotel in Osaka, you can find this Hello Kitty room.

Hello Kitty Room

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Hello Kitty Airlines

The Hello Kitty craze is infectious, so much in fact that Taiwan’s Eva Airways Corporation launched a “Hello Kitty Jet” in 2005 and added two Hello Kitty Jets earlier this year. I don’t blame them. Who wouldn’t want to ride on such a cute plane? Hello Kitty also opened its first beauty spa in Dubai in June of this year. If given a choice between the theme park, airline and beauty spa, I’d still choose to go to Tokyo’s Puroland.

Hello Kitty airplane

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Hello Kitty was created in 1974 and it’s amazing how far this fictional character has gone on to become a global phenomenon. This kitty has taken not only Japan but the whole world by storm. With two (soon to be three) theme parks, an airline, and beauty spa under her belt, I wonder what’s next for Japan’s most popular cat. One thing is certain though. Hello Kitty will always be my favorite fictional cat and remain one of my top reasons to visit Japan.

Author Bio

Tiffany Matthews is a passionate writer, an avid reader and a fan of all things Japanese. She has worked for several successful companies like Palms Casino Resort. When not writing, she likes to travel and watch movies with friends.

2 Responses to “The Kitty Phenomenon”

  1. zoomingjapan  on November 13th, 2012

    You forgot the first and only Hello Kitty Café in Himeji!
    There are so many Kitty-themed things in Japan, it’s crazy! It’s hard not to run into any of them.

  2. Tiffany  on November 13th, 2012

    I can’t believe I missed that one! I thought the Hello Kitty Cafe was inside Hello Kitty Land. Well this is one more thing to add to my must-see list in Japan :)

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