If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles, there is still time to catch the hit Hello Kitty museum exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, while it is on view through May 31, 2015.
Tickets are on sale now. Adult admission is $20; admission for ages 6-17 is $10; children 5 and under are free. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets are available online at janm.org/hellokitty.
Hello Kitty first emerged in America in the 1970s as a decorative motif on children’s products imported from Japan. The products were primarily distributed in areas with significant Asian populations, such as Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, where JANM is located today. Over the years, the character’s popularity gradually increased, capturing the imaginations of a diverse spectrum of children and adults worldwide. Today, Hello Kitty is a frequent celebrity accessory and subject of countless brand collaboration and artistic explorations. As her fame endures, she continues to represent a wildly successful bridge between eastern and western cultures.
View Hello Kitty Photo Gallery here!