Hello Kitty (C), a one-day manager of the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, poses with clerks during a morning meeting before the opening on Nov 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI
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Hello Kitty, Japan's global icon of cute, marked her 40th anniversary on Saturday with a human-size version of the feline character regaling fans at an upscale Tokyo department store and a theme park.Kitty, dubbed the eternal "girl" by her creator, also celebrated her birthday with fans at Sanrio Puroland, a theme park west of Tokyo.On the other side of the Pacific, a Hello Kitty Convention in the Little Tokyo district near downtown Los Angeles has opened for a four-day run through the weekend, expecting to draw some 25,000 fans.
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