While reflecting on my recent trip to Japan, it occurred to me that even my search for the Hello Kitty store in Tokyo revealed cultural lessons. Some lessons were reminders of those I learned while living in Japan, and others were new lessons. It was a happy discovery that my Hello Kitty journey not only brought back memories of Japan while growing up, it also revealed why Hello Kitty reminds me of what I love about Japan...things such as the color pink, a popular color in Japan.
After returning to the States, I came across a YouTube video of a retired Japanese policeman who collects Hello Kitty items for relaxation. He reminded me of how the Japanese often appreciate "cute" even after childhood, which is something many Americans would be embarrassed about, but I love.
Check out this Hello Kitty story: