Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty Fanatic by Junko Mizuno, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas. Photo by M.C.

Hello Kitty Fanatic by Junko Mizuno, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas. Photo by M.C.

Surprisingly, with all this Hello Kitty talk I have not lost all my male followers on Twitter. I have gained a few. I’m not sure what that says about the men.

If you missed the Hello Kitty Convention 2014 there is still plenty of kitty to see.

Hello Kitty takes over half or more of The Japanese American National Museum with a retrospective called Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. Many artists have created contemporary artworks for this exhibit. On the first floor there are many Hello Kitty items from the archives. Obtain tickets in advance now for the exhibit through Dec. 31, 2014. Tickets for Jan. 2 – Apr. 26, 2015 go on sale Nov. 24, 2014 at JANM.

At the entrance of the archives there is a ten foot sculpture of a cube kitty. Look through the glass wall it stands by and you will see Chado Tea Room which is inside the museum. Through May 31, 2014 Chado Tea Room will celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with special tea blends, food and high tea service. http://www.chadotea.com.

Hello Kitty Cafe is supposed to open next summer in Orange County. I don’t know where, but I am willing to bet it is going to be in Irvine. The truck will be at the Irvine Spectrum on Nov. 29th. Again, little information is given. Check out Hello Kitty’s Instagram to find the truck.  I believe the cafe is a bakery. I saw donuts at HKCon and the truck had pink and white cute morsels in boxes. Like I said before, it didn’t look edible.

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival is an interactive musical and lifestyle event for friends of all ages. The venues chosen for SoCal are maybe not the best especially for the price. The VIP Platinum Package is $291 and the Red Bow Package is $152. I hope this event goes smoother than the convention. The tour begins May 2015. HKFestival

You might say, “I don’t get Hello Kitty?” Hello Kitty is art. It’s like what Speed Racer is to you what Hello Kitty is to me. It’s pop culture we grew with created by an artist. If you aren’t into Hello Kitty at least go to the Japanese American National Museum. There is more than Hello Kitty there. The other half is dedicated to Japanese Americans and what they have done for America.

Happy 40th Anniversary Hello Kitty!