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In 1962, Shintaro Tsuji, founder of Sanrio, began selling rubber sandals with flowers painted on them. Tsuji noted the profits gained by adding a cute design to the shoes and hired cartoonists to design cute characters for his merchandise. The company produced a line of character merchandise centered around gift-giving occasions. Hello Kitty was designed by Yuko Shimizu and was added to the lineup of early Sanrio characters in 1974. The character’s first appearance on an item was on a vinyl coin purse sold in Japan, where she was pictured sitting between a bottle of milk and a goldfish bowl. She first appeared in the United States in 1976.
Sanrio decided to make Hello Kitty British because foreign countries, including Britain in particular, were trendy in Japan at the time of Hello Kitty’s creation. Sanrio already had several characters set in the US, and it wanted Hello Kitty to be different. Shimizu got the name Kitty from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass; during a scene early in the book, Alice plays with a cat she calls Kitty. Sanrio’s motto is “social communication,” and Tsuji wanted the brand name to reflect that by including a greeting. Hello Kitty Crocs crocband clog. He first considered “Hi Kitty” before finally settling on “Hello Kitty,” her current name.
Spokespeople for Sanrio have confirmed that Hello Kitty has no mouth, as they want people to “project their feelings onto the character” and “be happy or sad together with Hello Kitty.” Another explanation Sanrio has given for Hello Kitty’s lack of a mouth is that she “speaks from the heart. She’s Sanrio’s ambassador to the world and isn’t bound to any particular language.” Representatives for Sanrio have said that they see Hello Kitty as a symbol of friendship, which they hope she will foster between people across the world. There has been speculation that Hello Kitty has her origins in Maneki Neko—the name “Hello Kitty” is a back-translation of Maneki Neko, meaning “beckoning cat” in English. Despite this, no definitive statement supports that speculation.
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