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Posts tagged hello kitty

Hello Kitty train on the way to Universal Studios Osaka

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USJ Hello Kitty train – JR Yumesaki Line

KISS Hello Kitty coloring book

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I saw this coloring book for sale while walking the streets of Guanajuato. This is what happens when two cash cow franchises get together. But to be perfectly honest, can you imagine a better coloring book?

Hello Kitty furi furi potato

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Today is Kitty White’s birthday (aka Hello Kitty or ハローキティ)

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Avoiding Hello Kitty in Japan can be difficult.

Halloween – Hello Kitty Magic Pumpkin

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I have never seen so many pumpkins and Halloween decorations as I have this past month and a half in Japan. There was nothing even remotely Halloweenish 20 years ago in this country. Now Halloween is everywhere. Maybe 20 years from now there will be pilgrims and turkeys all over the place in November? I doubt it, but I certainly wouldn’t have predicted Halloween’s current Japanese fate back in 1989.

Halloween in Japan

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When I lived in Japan a couple of decades ago nothing was done for Halloween–no decorations, no costumes, no trick-or-treaters, nothing. It appears times have changed.

I don’t think trick-or-treating has caught on yet, but a flyer went up in our neighborhood for a Halloween costume parade (early in October–not on Halloween!) more than a week ago. The stores are already well stocked with Halloween decorations and goodies even though we are barely midway through September.

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Where else in the world, but Japan, can you find Hello Kitty Halloween goods and vampire Mickey Mouse?