I had no idea how impressive Hello Kitty (aka Kitty White) is on the global front! A few years ago the Japanese tourism ministry appointed Hello Kitty to represent the country in China and Hong Kong. Officials hoped that tapping into this fan base would bring more travelers to Japan and tourism has definitely grown since then.
Now EVA airlines (based in Taipei) has introduced three new planes with Hello Kitty designs inside & out. Shown here is the Apple plane. Apples are a main theme in the Hello Kitty world.
At check-in you get Hello Kitty boarding passes and bag stickers. During the flight are various themed goodies and the flight attendants are decked out with Hello Kitty aprons. If you are an extreme fan, there’s even a website for the airlines in chinese-language.
Usually this is not my style of cat art, but I really like Hello Kitty! I do have to admit that I didn’t care too much for it when I was younger, but have become attached to it as I “matured”. (Not sure what that means about me.) I find the colors and the Japanese design influence very appealing. I’m not really a collector, but I do have a few pieces of jewelry and trinkets with the motif.
There are a multitude of products out there but one of my favorite Hello Kitty items are the plush designs by TY. Are you a collector? What are your favorites? Don’t be afraid to admit it, I did!