Family flashbacks to a psychedelic day with Kitty

| Feb 20, 2014

Family flashbacks to a psychedelic day with Kitty

In this column, it has been my sworn duty to share Tokyo’s bounty of kid-friendly activities with interested parents like you. I hope earlier columns indicate that I take this responsibility seriously, striving to showcase only places that add much-needed components of fun, culture ...

Sanrio said to violate children's privacy

Dec 18, 2013

Sanrio said to violate children's privacy

Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man greet visitors to Disney’s MarvelKids.com website, but parents may be surprised to learn that these superheroes may also open the door to tools that track their children’s activities across the Web, according to federal complaints to be filed ...

Firms tap apps that 'augment reality'

Nov 19, 2013

Firms tap apps that 'augment reality'

by Asako Takaguchi

Smartphone applications featuring “augmented reality” are being used by an increasing number of companies to promote their products. Ikea Japan K.K., the Japanese arm of the Swedish furnishing giant, launched a service in August that gives customers a virtual preview of how a piece ...

Cute craving a cash cow for Hello Kitty creator

Sep 12, 2013

Cute craving a cash cow for Hello Kitty creator

by Gillian Wee

Tanya Stanich, a 43-year-old lawyer, clutched a handful of pink and black Hello Kitty notebooks at Sanrio Co.’s store in Manhattan’s Times Square and touched a sequined bag adorned with the face of a cartoon cat. Growing up in Wisconsin, Stanich was introduced to ...

Singapore gripped by 'Singing Bone' Hello Kitty frenzy

Jun 29, 2013

Singapore gripped by 'Singing Bone' Hello Kitty frenzy

Tempers flared and police had to be called in as anxious Singaporeans rushed to McDonald’s outlets to buy plush Hello Kitty toys being sold in a promotion by the fast food chain Thursday. Hundreds had begun waiting in line from Wednesday night in the ...

Austria first: Hello Kitty shop opens in Vienna

Feb 23, 2013

Austria first: Hello Kitty shop opens in Vienna

The first official Hello Kitty shop in Austria opened Thursday in a shopping mall in Vienna. Sanrio Co.’s Hello Kitty brand is popular in Europe, and shop manager Thomas Gottsbacher said “there are even people from Germany coming all the way here” to buy ...