Hello Kitty's Birthday
"Come come Kitty Kitty You're so silly silly Don't go Kitty Kitty Play with me"
~ Hello Kitty, Avril Lavigne, 2013
Spokespeople for the company which created Hello Kitty, Sanrio, have said that Hello Kitty does not have a mouth because they want people to "project their feelings onto the character" and "be happy or sad together with Hello Kitty." Regardless, she is the second highest-grossing franchise of all time, and only recently lost her first place popularity character status to Anpanman and Pokémon's Pikachu!
Initially known only as "the white kitten with no name" Hello Kitty now has a full profile with an elaborate backstory. Her full name is Kitty White, and she was born in the suburbs of London, England, on November 1. Her height is described as five apples and her weight as three apples.
She is bright and kind-hearted and good at baking cookies. Her favorite subjects in school are English, music, and art.
Sanrio decided to make Hello Kitty British because at the time of her inception, foreign countries, in particular Britain, were trendy in Japan.
Originally aimed at pre-adolescent females, Hello Kitty's market has broadened to include adult consumers. She can be found on a variety of products ranging from school supplies and fashion accessories to high-end consumer products, including diamond necklaces. There are two Japanese theme parks devoted to Hello Kitty, Harmonyland and Puroland.
Hello Kitty has two official tartans, one in red and one in pink.
For more on Hello Kitty, click her pink incarnation.