On Friday, 3-27-15, the family and I went down to LA to JANM (janm.org/hellokitty) to visit the Hello Kitty exhibit before it leaves town on May 31st. The museum is very nice, and the exhibit was curated most excellently. The walls were painted with lots of Hello Kitty and her pals, and the few standing pieces added for the exhibit were great. We arrived when there was almost no one at the exhibit, which is rare, so for the first part of our viewing in the lower gallery, we were living the dream. The displays start out at the beginning of course, where HK is a friend to small children everywhere, and she wants you to buy pencils and note books with her cute little non-expressive face all over them. YAY! As more people fall under her spell, she will start appearing on household items like clocks and waffle irons. Soon you will be eating HK branded food and keeping your body clean with HK toiletries. Every aspect of your life can incorporate a bit of HK and make you a happier, more productive member of consumer society. We Love You Hello Kitty. Once you have moved out the house (remember to pack those HK stuffed dolls and lunch boxes away, because they'll be worth lots of $$$$ later on), and achieved financial security, HK will be there for you with upscale items for purchase. So taking you from the humble beginnings of a man and his dream, we ended up with HK being the mega, super, lovable pop icon known the world over. Her synergy with other corporate products makes sure that you can have your Hello Kitty and a Fender Guitar to!!! Awesome! Hello Kitty's influence and docile love will rage long into the future, bringing happiness to everyone. All Hail Hello Kitty!!! Unfortunately by the time we got out of the lower gallery, the peeps started showing up and it became crowded and a bit hectic. Not to mention the family started losing patience with me. Honestly, I could have spent the whole day in there, there is so much Hello Kitty to see. The toys, the appliances, the clothes, the figurines, the art, and on and on. It is simply madness, of the good Hello Kitty kind. Unfortunately, I was forced out, but I did of course visit the gift shop and scored some HK merch. Then we went into Little Tokyo and had some food. Little Tokyo is a cool place, and I wish I had more time to check it out, but I was being rushed (again) by the rest of the fam.
Ah well, so it goes. If you're a Hello Kitty fan, you absolutely must see this exhibit (if of course it is economically feasible for you). It was presented so well by JANM and the items on display tell a very complete story of Sanrio's #1 gal and her pals.
PS: No flash photography allowed and almost everything was behind plastic, so getting decent shot of the items on display was sometimes just impossible. I did get some OK photos, but there were many items that I couldn't get a pic of, or the pic looked too horrible to upload. I wasn't going to be a dick and use the flash, so I got what I got.