As a child I was totally obsessed with Hello Kitty. Okay, I still am.  There was a Sanrio store in chinatown where I would frequent to get all the things. This year, the loveable character turns 50! So, with that in mind, here are a few fun facts you might not know about Hello Kitty and how you can celebrate this year!

  • Sanrio the Japanese global brand introduced us to Hello Kitty in 1974.
  • The company was founded on the philosophy that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages.
  • The creator of Hello Kitty is Yuki Shimizu.
  • The full name of the character is Kitty White.
  • While many of us assume she’s of Japanese descent , Hello Kitty was actually born in London (UK) according to her creator.
  • Her birthdate is November 1, 1974. Which also makes her a SCORPIO! 
  • She measures three apples high and weighs 5 apples (not sure if that’s Macintosh, Red Delicious, or Gala varietal)
  • Hello Kitty wants to promote friendship and kindness to everyone in the world.
  • The fictional character identifies as female…not a cat.
  • Hello Kitty doesn’t have a mouth apparently because she speaks from the heart.
  • Although she will celebrate 50 years this year, she continues to be ageless at about 8 or 9 years old.
  • Hello Kitty has a pet cat named Charmmy Kitty.
  • Her favourite food is apple pie.
  • The character has a twin named Mimmy who wears a yellow bow.
  • Their parents are of British descent and named Mary and George. Mary was also a piano teacher. The reason was at that time, Japanese loved British culture.
  • She did have a childhood sweetheart — Daniel Starr.
  • The Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC), known for its commitment to promoting understanding and friendship between the U.S. and Japan, has presented Hello Kitty with the Cultural Ambassador Award, recognizing her as an international symbol of peace and friendship.
  • Steve Aoki (Global DJ) is an avid Hello Kitty Fan. “Ever since I was a kid I had a deep love for everything Hello Kitty. Her influence on culture, fashion, art, and design is unmistakable. Witnessing her evolution is amazing, and I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next. I’m confident that she will keep spreading happiness to millions worldwide.”
  • There is an official Steve Aoki x Hello Kitty Collaboration that was shared to fans called ‘Hello Aoki.’
  • The most expensive Hello Kitty item is a diamond studded doll priced at $163,000 US
Hello Kitty - Uniqlo

Some highly successful collaborations with Hello Kitty include Uniqlo.

DIGITAL FUN WITH HELLO KITTY:

SANRIO will introduce new digital tools including an AR (Augmented Reality) app, short animations on TikTok, monthly promotions in My Hello Kitty Cafe on Roblox, and a presence in the digital world of Zepeto. Here’s what fans can expect:

AR App: Fans will soon have access to an AR app that allows them to interact with Hello Kitty as she dances beside five iconic global landmarks: toward SHIBUYA109 in Tokyo, Big Ben in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, TAIPEI 101 in Taiwan, and the Empire State Building in New York. These landmarks will come alive with celebratory animations, creating a joyous atmosphere. The AR app will also function as a TikTok effect, enabling fans to create and share their own Hello Kitty-themed videos, further enhancing the Anniversary celebration.

TikTok: To celebrate Hello Kitty’s 50th anniversary, a dedicated Hello Kitty animation account, “This is Hello Kitty” (@this_is_hellokitty_), has been launched on TikTok, and up to four short animations of Hello Kitty will be posted every month.

Hello Kitty Roblox

Roblox Integration: Throughout the upcoming year, fans will find many ways to fully immerse themselves in the Hello Kitty-themed world in My Hello Kitty Cafe on Roblox. Starting in November, they can explore a photo booth for taking Y2K feel photos, enjoy a mini-game with emotes and costume rewards, and purchase avatars, costumes, and emotes. Additionally, from December, fans can experience a museum-themed mini-game and virtual exhibition, as well as participate in a thrilling “Find Hello Kitty” challenge. More excitement awaits in 2024 with the launch of a digital dance floor where fans will be able to dance the night away.

Zepeto Avatar: Zepeto, the popular platform renowned for its customizable 3D avatars and social networking, is now home to a dedicated Hello Kitty environment. Within this virtual world, fans can immerse themselves in a delightful Hello Kitty experience with themed landscapes, games, boutiques, photo zones, and a dance space. Moreover, Zepeto introduces new features, offering users five exciting elements to explore: a Boutique Game where they can channel their inner fashion designer with Hello Kitty motifs, contests, and prizes; a Photo Zone where you can find the hidden Hello Kitty and capture memories; a Dance Zone for dancing alongside Hello Kitty and participating in dance challenges; Athletic Games for entertainment and excitement, and Item Shops brimming with Hello Kitty-themed outfits that allow users to express their unique style. Items will be available starting from November 1, while the Hello Kitty-themed worlds are planned to be launched from mid-November and onwards.

TELEVISION:

Hello Kitty: Super Style! *New Series* (52×11)  will premiere September 4 on CBC Gem and CBC TV, with a new episode airing daily, Monday – Saturday. The iconic Hello Kitty helps her friends find happiness while putting on the most appropriate (and cutest) outfits to face each situation in this animated series for kids. Previously released episodes are currently available on CBC Gem. 

Hello Kitty Super Style - CBC Gem

Hello Kitty Super Style – CBC Gem

HELLO KITTY HOT COLLECTIBLES:

Jazwares has recently released spring and summer collections of Hello Kitty and Friends plush. They embody the magic of Hello Kitty and ready to bring joy and beauty of every season into your life. There are many different playful plush in the super soft collection and it’s REALLY hard to not get them all. And, yes, my latest one…

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty and Friends 2-Figure Pack: This is a fun collectible series! The little figures come with snacks and are numbered! Say no more.

FUNKO Pop! 50th anniversary Hello Kitty with Cake is a collectible I can’t wait to get my hands on. This pop-culture brand is known for their unique vinyl figures that’s perfect dorms, offices and wherever you may display all things Hello Kitty!

For CROC lovers and collectors, yes there’s a collaboration for the 50th birthday. Inspired by the original Hello Kitty who originally debut in her classic blue overalls and big red bow, this Croc includes fixed ears and whisker graphics and a red bow Jibbitz charm. Adult and child sizes available.

And of course, there will be more coming up as we get closer to the birthday in November. We’ll keep an eye out and update this list!