Hello Kitty has been celebrating her 45th anniversary this year! She’s not the oldest kawaii character but definitely the most well-known, and I’m sure a lot of older kawaii fans have a soft spot for her. November is her birthday month so if you’d like to help her celebrate, here’s some of the cutest collaborations, events and special releases.
Sanrio Japan has released a limited edition Hello Kitty 45th birthday doll and she’s all dressed up for a party with a beautiful dress, hair bow and shoes. You’ll need use a forwarding service to order outside Japan.
Hello Kitty loves to make friends and her collaborations with tokidoki are always super cool. There’s lots to choose from in the new rainbow and pastel collections including some very affordable items like this journal.
I also love the collaboration with artist Candie Bolton and Kidrobot at Sanrio USA. How kawaii is this hoodie?
World Market have a new Hello Kitty Holiday Collection with lots of exclusive products from cookie decorating kits to coin banks. There’s a small selection online (USA only) and loads more if you can get to a store in person. We shared some more photos on Instagram if you’d like a look.
As well as the Sanrio Cafe at Tombo, London has another option for cute Hello Kitty food and drink as Japan Centre Ichiba have their own cute menu too including a bento box, sundae and dumpling. It’s available until 24th November at their Westfield White City branch. If you can’t make it along, there’s exclusive tote bags in their online shop, which ships worldwide.
If you’re near Seattle, USA in December, make sure to pick up tickets for the Friends Around The World Tour, a special interactive experience that takes you into Hello Kitty’s supercute world on a journey to London, Paris, New York, Honolulu and Tokyo!
How will you be celebrating?
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.