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Hello Kitty, an oddly named plumpy white cat is simply everywhere to be found since the late 1990s. iPad, iPod and iPhone cases, computer accessories, jewellery, clothes, toys, stickers, even weapons, tattoos and contact lenses come with the minimalistic Japanese kawaii cat design.

Hello Kitty -The 35th Anniversary Poster

Hello Kitty was created by Yuko Shimizu in 1974 for the leading kawaii company Sanrio that still holds the rights to the character and produces the biggest share of the Hello Kitty merchandise. Hello Kitty’s debut was on a vinyl wallet, but soon spread on comic books, animated series, video games, toys and, more or less, anything you may think of. The character was first aimed at pre-adolescent females, but was soon adopted by post-adolescent females (and not only females) too .

This list is intended to show the scope of the Hello Kitty phenomenon as well as some really ridiculous products.

Hello Kitty Japanese Fender Acoustic Guitar

Japanese guitars have always been regarded as being among the very best the money can buy. Even the Japanese division of Fender seemed to be creating far better instruments than its American and Mexican namesakes. Well, that’s true, but this time it’s more about curiosity than the trademark Fender Japan quality:

Hello Kitty Fender Acoustic Guitars

The limited edition Hello Kitty Fender dreadnought Western guitar was available for sale in Japan for a hefty $22,000.

Hello Kitty Diamond Ring

Hello Kitty Diamond Ring

If you are getting married and your bride to be is a hard core Hello Kitty fan and you happen to have some extra money to burn, there’s no better way to express your love than with this $4250 genuine Sanrio diamond ring.

Hello Kitty Contact Lenses

Hello Kitty Contact Lenses

We said in the first paragraph that Hello Kitty is virtually everywhere to be found, including the eyes of the most devoted fans.

Hello Kitty Condom

Hello Kitty Condom

The good people at Sanrio take good care about the sexual health and education of their customers, indeed.

Hello Kitty Bullet Proof Mask

Hello Kitty Bullet Proof Mask

It seems we have just crossed to that weird side of Japanese pop culture…

Hello Kitty Antivirus and Firewall Software

Hello Kitty Antivirus Software

Although it’s currently available only in Chinese, we may be almost absolutely sure that it’s only a matter of time until Hello Kitty starts safeguarding our PCs and Macs too.

If you enjoyed this article, check out  The Most Bizarre Hello Kitty Products (Part Two)

 


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