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Hello Kitty

 

Hello Kitty is a fictional character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, first designed by Yuko Shimizu. She is portrayed as a female white Japanese bobtail cat with a red bow.The character's first appearance on an item, a vinyl coin purse, was introduced in Japan in 1974 and brought to the United States in 1976. The character is a staple of the kawaii segment of Japanese popular culture.At age 36 as of 2010, Sanrio has groomed 'Hello Kitty' into a global marketing phenomenon.
 
Originally aimed at pre-adolescent females, Hello Kitty's market has broadened to include adult consumers. She can be found on a large variety of products. Several Hello Kitty TV series, targeted towards young children, have been produced. Hello Kitty is also the main character in the two Japanese Sanrio theme parks, Harmonyland and the indoor Sanrio Puroland.

 

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