Family flashbacks to a psychedelic day with Kitty

If spending an entire afternoon with Hello Kitty sounds like hell on earth, I can relate. I thought so too, until I nearly overdosed on it.


“So your child wants to see Hello Kitty “in-person,” but the character’s vapid, saccharine image makes you nauseous, right? Perhaps you just haven’t had a big enough dose. If you’re going to allow any of this treacle into your system, then I suggest you go all-out and head straight to the source: Sanrio Puroland, home of Hello Kitty and all other Sanrio characters. What comes across as tacky, soulless commercialism in small amounts transmogrifies here into an ornate, sugar-fueled spectacle of near-baroque proportions.”

Read the entire piece at the Japan Times

Family flashbacks Hello Kitty Tokyo with Kids   The Japan Times


About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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