Friday, February 12, 2010

Speaking of...

I work in a building attached to Pioneer Place, a mall in downtown Portland. There are a few things I don't get about this mall (the overall layout being #1) but I love how handy it is to be next to a mall. I can get as much caffeine and bad food as one can imagine. And it turns out, I hardly ever go shopping now. If you know me, you know how crazy that statement is.

But, one of my most favoritest (it's a word; I heard it on TV) stores in the mall has got to be the Sanrio store, otherwise known as the home of Hello Kitty and friends. Now, I'm not sure why at 30-something-or-other (ahem) I feel compelled to walk by Sanrio every time I'm in the mall, but it is like a moth to flame. I love to just look in the window and look at all the shiny, ridiculously cute things.

A new Hello Kitty arrived in the store this week. I haven't gotten to see her in person yet, but she jumped right out at me as I walked by with my Venti Starbucks before work. One of my co-workers wondered if she's supposed to be "Geisha Hello Kitty" but that seemed wildly inappropriate for a product typically marketed to kids (h/t Rochelle). I thought she might be "Kimono Hello Kitty" but, in fact her descriptor is Orizuru Hello Kitty. I'm sure Erica will tell me what that means.

Here are a couple of the new Orizuru Hello Kitty products, in a store near you! Guess who might be getting herself a little something cute and shiny for Valentine's? *wink*


  1. Orizuru itself means "crane origami". The collection celebrates Hina Matsuri or Girl'a day in Japan which is on March 3rd.

    On a side note I wouldn't bat an eye at Sanrio having a "Geisha" Hello Kitty. Geisha are simply women of art, trained in classical entertainment. They are not whores or prostitutes as has commonly been disseminated through the ages. The reason we associate Geisha with prostitutes is because when soldiers went to Japan during the WWII, women of the pleasure quarters would tell the men they were Geisha when in fact they were not. It didn't help that the world of the Geisha was always shrouded in mystery and the myth of them being prostitutes largely spread unchecked until the 20th century. The truth is that Geisha are highly educated, skilled and disciplined women who have deep knowledge of classical Japanese arts and entertainment :)