Hello Kitty has officially turned 40 years old this year and to celebrate, LA introduced the first Hello Kitty Con which took place in the Little Tokyo Area. There was lots of Hello Kitty related festivities to be experienced and I’ll walk you guys through a few of the things I did for the one day I went. There was a Media Preview night but I had forgotten to apply for media for the event so I wasn’t able to check out everything the night before but to start the experience you had to go pick up your color-coded badge for the different days as seen above.
Everything was conveniently located at the Japanese American History Museum in Los Angeles so that made things a bit easier to navigate around to look for things.
People lined up early to be the first ones into the convention, and even there was a person who camped out the night before at like 2 AM to be the very first. She received a gift basket from the convention organizers which I’m not familiar of the contents within.
Once the floodgates opened, I made a beeline for the Friendship Station Pop-up Shop to pick up the 40th anniversary exclusives and there was plenty of Hello Kitty items for sale as well as things on display.
The convention featured a lot of art decor to pose and photograph, a concert stage, a tattoo parlor giving FREE hello kitty tattoos, a vintage mini product museum, a live DJ spinning music and various classes and shoppes to feed your addiction for Hello Kitty.
One of the featured things to do at the convention was actually the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt, which was a 4-5 week long scavenger hunt of restaurants in various parts of LA, West Hollywood and Sawtelle districts of Los Angeles that had featured menu items that included a limited edition Hello Kitty Pin (1000 pcs of each made).
The above were the featured items at Dulce Cafe in the Little Tokyo Village
That Hello Kitty Spam Musubi
Fetured Toy from Jada Toys I believe
Lego Hello Kitty Display
So for this statue the clothing elements were actually made from Fruit Roll-Ups. Pretty impressive.
Chan Luu x Hello Kitty Jewelry
The Hello Kitty Food truck sold Hello Kitty themed Macarons, Donuts, Mini-Cakes even Hello Kitty Themed water bottles.
And I’ll wrap this up with some of the Hello Kitty Fashion displays they had. All in all, if you’re a real fan, you’d love the experience here. Especially if you’re a collector of the rare hello kitty merchandise. I had actually picked up some stuff which I plan to shoot some Dayuum Hunnies with so be on the lookout for that.