Over the winter break I had time to visit a few local museums with my daughter. I thought it would be fun to catch the Hello! Exploring the Super Cute World of Hello Kitty Exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum which will be on display through April 26th. This experience did not disappoint, I am not sure who enjoyed it more, me or my 9 year old. As soon as we walked into the first room I spotted a few items on display that were identical to ones I had once had in my own pencil case in elementary school. We enjoyed seeing all the Hello Kitty products on display, everything from toys to toilet paper!!
After making our way through the history of Hello Kitty products, we worked our way upstairs to where Hello Kitty is interpreted in the work of a variety of artists and in some unique fashion displays. The pop culture multimedia displays were both whimsical and weird. Some were by familiar artists such as Gary Baseman and Paul Frank.
I learned that the founder of Sanrio wanted his company to capture the happy feelings he remembered at informal class celebrations he enjoyed as a child during the Depression, and that Hello Kitty represents friendship, sharing, happiness and fun. My daughter learned that Hello Kitty is five apples tall, and using the handy growth chart my daughter discovered she is 12 apples tall. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-17, kids 5 and under free. Advanced purchase is recommended. For more info visit http://www.janm.org/exhibits/hellokitty/
After exploring the exhibit, we enjoyed shopping in the museum gift shop. We also decided to walk around and check out the shops around the Japanese American National Museum, across the street is Japanese Village with more shops, restaurants and bakeries.