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HELLO KITTY IS NOT A CAT, so what is she?

HELLO KITTY IS NOT A CAT, so what is she?

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As most of you know, Hello Kitty is a character synonymous with Japanese kawaii culture. And I guess you have never thought twice if she was a cat or not because her appearance is that of a little white cat. However, Sanrio has announced that she is not cat, and this has thrown Hello Kitty fans around the world into a state of confusion. Many doubts about other Sanrio characters remain here as well. Does this mean that My Melody is not a rabbit? Is Kero Kero Keroppi not a frog?

A lot of media covering this topic have been asking, “Then, what is Hello Kitty exactly?” Some say she is a human being, and some say she is an imaginary creature. Rocket News 24 wrote that they called Sanrio directly to find out the facts, but were unable to get a clear answer.
http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/08/28/hello-kitty-isnt-a-cat-we-called-sanrio-to-find-out/

According to the article, the PR person at Sanrio said that she is neither cat nor human, and explained that she is a gijinka, a personification or anthropomorphization like Mickey Mouse.

Yes, she is not a human just as she is not a cat. Calm down and put on your thinking cap. Don’t you think it only makes sense? A cat is a cat, so Hello Kitty cannot be a cat!

Putting that aside, this is more surprising than finding out that Hello Kitty was not born in Japan according to her official profile, though some of you might have known that already. She was born in suburb in London and grew up there.
http://hello-kitty.sanriotown.com/

Who have doubted that she grew up in Japan? Isn’t she the kawaii ambassador from Japan? Oh my gosh! I don’t know what to believe anymore!

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Ayaya
Ayaya

Been working in girls’ fashion magazines for a long time and am now the chief editor of Tokyo Girls’ Update. I have more expertise in Japanese teen fashion than anyone else (probably)! I’m a huge fan of the Revolutionary Girl Utena and Bakemonogatari animes.

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