Forty years ago, Sanrio introduced Hello Kitty for the first time on a coin purse in Japan. Now, the two-dimensional cartoon has become one of the most well-known characters in the world. From Hello Kitty weddings to airplanes and tattoos, she has become more than a brand – she's a full-fledged lifestyle and a benchmark of Japanese-American culture. What is it about Hello Kitty that draws so many people to love her?
Video produced by Maya Sugarman/KPCC (kpcc.org).
Hello Kitty products filmed at JapanLA (japanla.com).
“Open Melody” by Lucky Dragons (luckydragons.org)
“Tom’s Lullaby with Les Gauchers Orchestra” by Lee Maddeford (leemaddeford.ch)
"Night Owl" by Broke For Free (brokeforfree.com)
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