Sanrio’s kawaii exhibit with Hello Kitty is now in Kyoto

Hello Kitty and her friends are now in Kyoto for the Sanrio 60th Anniversary Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii at Kyocera Museum through December 11, 2022. This is the final stop on Sanrio’s nationwide touring show since celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020.

Photo: Saneki

At the exhibit, you can explore Sanrio’s history through more than 450 cuddly characters and learn about the company’s roots as a symbol of Japan’s kawaii culture. You will be able to see original drawings, designs and merchandise that have been released over the years, including one-of-a-kind items displayed exclusively at the exhibition.

You’ll get the chance to experience the stories of some of the world’s most beloved characters, and not just Hello Kitty. So get to know Pom Pom Purin, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Little Twin Stars and others. Keep an eye out for the replica Hello Kitty dress that Lady Gaga wore to celebrate the popular cat’s 35th birthday.

There’s even a massive installation made with Sanrio plushes by Sebastian Masuda, art director and producer of 6% DokiDoki.

If you’re lucky, you might even meet one of the characters during your stay.

The gift shop will be full of souvenirs to take home, including stickers, keychains, coasters, face masks and more.

Tickets go for ¥1,800 (¥1,200 for university and high school students, ¥800 for four-year college). We strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance on line because they are limited every day. It is also ¥200 cheaper if you book online.

Visit the exhibition website for more information.

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James C. Tibbs