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Hello Kitty bullet train to debut in Japan on June 30

May 18, 2018

Hello Kitty bullet train to debut in Japan on June 30

West Japan Railway Co. said Friday it will begin operating a Hello Kitty-themed shinkansen on June 30. The interior and seats of the 500-series shinkansen, to be used for daily round trips between Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka Prefecture and Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture, will feature ...

Hello Kitty bullet train to debut on Sanyo Line this summer

Mar 15, 2018

Hello Kitty bullet train to debut on Sanyo Line this summer

West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) will launch a Hello Kitty-themed bullet train on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line this summer, the railway operator says. A Kodama train featuring Sanrio Co.'s popular kitten character will consist of eight 500-series cars on the line that connects Osaka ...

Donors to Sanrio crowdfunding get right to 'date' Hello Kitty

May 26, 2017

Donors to Sanrio crowdfunding get right to 'date' Hello Kitty

Sanrio Entertainment has said it will offer the right to "date" its popular character Hello Kitty to people who donate ¥100,000 each through crowdfunding for a summer festival to be held at the firm's Sanrio Puroland theme park in Tama, Tokyo. Contributors to the online ...

Time to watch out for those kids

| Feb 20, 2016

Time to watch out for those kids

by Chiho Komoriya

Get ready to answer the cat phone Aimed at kids — or even adults who love all things kawaii (cute) — the Hello Kitty Figurine KT-01 smartphone, created by Japanese startup Ola, is just as the name suggests: a cute palm-sized figurine that flips open ...

Jul 2, 2015

Sanrio plans to release Hello Kitty movie in 2019

Character goods business Sanrio Co. said Thursday it aims to globally release a film featuring its famed Hello Kitty character as early as 2019 through a wholly owned subsidiary it set up in the United States. With the project cost expected to total ¥20 billion ...