There was SO MUCH HELLO KITTY. Of course, Japan is the birthplace of Sanrio, and I’ve loved Hello Kitty from a very young age. At pretty much every store we went to there was some sort of Hello Kitty. We had discussed going to Puro Land, the Hello Kitty theme park, but it’s a fair distance from Tokyo, and with such a short amount of time we thought our time would be better spent seeing other things, but don’t worry, we still got plenty of Hello Kitty!
One of the things I wanted to do most at Puro Land was eat at one of the Hello Kitty themed restaurants. After a little digging online I found out that there’s a pop-up Hello Kitty restaurant from November-December in Shibuya, so we went there instead!
Brian’s Hello Kitty sandwich, along with his Hello Kitty coco! That pink stuff in the glass boot turned out to be some sort of barbecue type sauce for the fries, Brian took a sip since it looked fruity. OOPS!
A close up of his drink. It was at least 50% frosting/whipped cream.
They even had Hello Kitty stairs connecting the upstairs and the downstairs. Moments after mocking Hello Kitty and standing on the stairs on purpose to be in this photo Brian tripped up the stairs…Hello Kitty was not appreciating his sense of humor, apparently.
Hello Kitty Nanoblocks
And in a country that loves vending machines, we found a few Hello Kitty vending machines.
Hello Kitty is so ubiquitous she’s even on the cover of phone books.
One of the most exciting finds was a Hello Kitty display in the crafting section of Takashimaya, a popular chain of Japanese department stores. I really loved their Liberty London Hello Kitty fabrics, but seeing as that I still haven’t really learned how to use my Hello Kitty sewing machine it didn’t seem like the best use of my funds.
I hope you’re enjoying these posts about my trip to Japan. I promise just a couple more before I go back to all about knitting!