Hello Kitty is a character from the Japanese company Sanrio that first appeared in 1974. She is depicted as a white cartoon cat usually wearing a pink or red bow on one ear. Over the years, the character has developed an international fan base of all ages. Products featuring Hello Kitty range from stickers and school supplies to high end fashion and jewelry.
Hello Kitty is associated with the concept of 'kawaii,' or cuteness, in Japanese pop culture. She is considered by some to be an interpretation of Maneki Neko, the beckoning cat seen as lucky in Japan.