Hello Kitty Isn’t a Cat
It is a Kawaii confusion: Hello Kitty is not a feline! (Meow!) So what exactly is the famous Japanese export? As I learned from visiting the Hello Kitty exhibit Sunday, in Downtown Los Angeles, at the Japanese American National Museum, she is many things, but not a cat! Hello Kitty, whose full name is Kitty White is a little girl, a friend, an icon, and superstar (not a cat). And she has never been depicted on all fours, instead, always as a two-legged creature. The ambassador of happiness, who represents all things cute, promises big smiles to those who receive her as a gift. And since 1974 she has been living up to her brand promise of spreading happiness, for those who receive the small gift are sure have a big smiles. Pretty straightforward, but don’t forget that she is not a cat!