Japan Part 3: Hello Kitty Land

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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!

Hello Kitty Cafe at Shibuya PARCO, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

A close up of his drink. It was at least 50% frosting/whipped cream.

Hello Kitty Cafe at Shibuya PARCO, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

 

I got the “beef stew gift” the stew was wrapped in cellophane. I really just got this because you got to keep the Hello Kitty mug…
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I had the Hello Kitty Iced Coffee, which was 30% ice, 20% whipped cream, and 50% coffee. Hello Kitty Cafe at Shibuya PARCO, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits A photo of Emi, me, and Brian at the Hello Kitty cafe. Brian looks really excited, doesn’t he? Hello Kitty Cafe at Shibuya PARCO, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

Emi was clearly more into it.  I wouldn’t recommend going to the Hello Kitty Cafe for the food, but if you’d like a heavy dose of Hello Kitty and Kawaii you’re in for a treat. Hello Kitty Cafe at Shibuya PARCO, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

 

The only other Hello Kitty place we went to intentionally was the Sanriownrld Ginza, the Sanrio flagship store. Sanrio Flagship Store in Tokyo Ginza, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits Sanrio Flagship Store in Tokyo Ginza, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

Sanrio Flagship Store in Tokyo Ginza, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits Sanrio Flagship Store in Tokyo Ginza, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari KnitsThey 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. Sanrio Flagship Store in Tokyo Ginza, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

Along with everything Hello Kitty you could possibly imagine there were some less obvious Hello Kitty products, like this fire extinguisher. IMG_2229

 

And this Hello Kitty knitting machine and pom-pom maker. IMG_2250

 

Hello Kitty Nanoblocks

Hello Kitty Nanoblocks, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

And in a country that loves vending machines, we found a few Hello Kitty vending machines.

Tokyo Hello Kitty vending machine, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

Here are some of the other Hello Kitty stores/displays we came across in our travels. Hello Kitty store in Japan, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

Hello Kitty store in Japan, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

Hello Kitty store in Japan, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

Hello Kitty store in Japan, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

 

Hello Kitty is so ubiquitous she’s even on the cover of phone books.

Hello Kitty on a phone book in Nagoya, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

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.

Liberty London Hello Kitty fabrics, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

 

They also had these wonderful kits for embroidery and crochet, all Hello Kitty themed! I got one of the embroidery kits, and I’ll share more photos of that in a future post! Hello Kitty embroidery display in Takashimaya;  photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

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!

4 Responses

  1. Audrey Berger
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    Wow, I’ve never seen so many Hello Kitty products. It looks like a fun place to look around
    and if you have someone to buy for it must be a hard decision what to purchase.
    That is definitely fun. Thanks!
    Audrey

  2. stefaniegrrr
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    That is an impressive amount of Hello Kitty-ness! Next time you should definitely get that fire extinguisher….

    • Mari
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      Well there has been some debate as to whether I could have gotten it back on the plane…I guess I’ll have to find out next time!

  3. Becca
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    ugh the cute!! I loved seeing all these photos! I’m so jealous – the closest I’ve come to anything like this is the Hello Kitty shop in NYC (and it wasn’t very big)

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