Yuko Yamaguchi is Hello Kitty designer in Sanrio, Japan. You can catch up with her Hello Kitty design exhibition at the Hello Kitty Art Exhibition at Daimaru Museum in Osaka, Japan.
Hello Kitty, the superstar feline character created by Sanrio Co. 38 years ago, has gained fans across generations, with products featuring her likeness selling in 109 countries. The Hello Kitty Art Exhibition, which started Thursday in Osaka, tries to explain the secret of its appeal through the eyes of its designer Yuko Yamaguchi.
On display will be 17 artworks created by Yamaguchi, who became the third Hello Kitty designer at Sanrio in 1980 and has marketed a series of unique products that have helped give the cat a voice — though she doesn’t have a mouth — through generations of schoolgirls who have propelled her rise to become an icon of kawaii (cute) culture. Some of the old products released by Sanrio, including a Hello Kitty purse (1975) and a Hello Kitty dial-up phone (1981), will also be shown.
If you are interested, you may visit Hello Kitty Art Exhibition at Daimaru Museum on the 15th floor of the Daimaru Matsuzakaya department store’s Umeda branch in Osaka, Japan. The exhibition will run through Aug. 21 2012. Admission will be ¥800 (~USD10) for adults and ¥600 (~USD7) for college or high school students. For more details, visit www.daimaru.co.jp/museum/umeda/kitty_art.html (in Japanese) [via]