For Japanese with more money than Kitty…

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Here’s a solid gold Hello Kitty that is helping to open the GoldExpo at the Yokohama’s Takashimaya department store just outside Tokyo on May 22nd. This pricey statuette was created to celebrate of Hello Kitty’s fortieth year since her introduction in 1974(Wiki). Price? Kitty costs 17.3 million yen or about $169,716 USD.

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  1. The-rest-of-the-story

    Hello Kitty is not a cat
    latimes.com | 2014Aug26
    Christine R. Yano is an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii (and currently a visiting professor at Harvard) who has spent years studying the phenomenon that is Hello Kitty. She is also the author of the book “Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific,” […] When Yano was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. “I was corrected — very firmly,” she says. “That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”
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  2. Hello Kitty isn’t a cat?
    japansubculture.com Sep 2, 2014 by Angela Kubo & JAKE ADELSTEIN…I believe that Hello Kitty is not a cat. She is a human being with cat DNA and represents a failed attempt by the Japanese government, the Ministry of Health & Welfare, to create a new breed of Japanese woman who would be silent, fecund, and give birth to litters of Japanese cat people, thus solving Japan’s declining birth rate and growing rat problem at the same time. If you’re familiar with the history of Japan’s biological warfare unit and how they all went to work for the Ministry of Health after “the reverse course” during the occupation—it’s all very clear. Technically, I would classify her as Homo catus.

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