Hello Kitty Takes Over JANM


MariAnne is ready to welcome Hello Kitty fans to JANM!
MariAnne is ready to welcome Hello Kitty fans to JANM!

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what’s become of the JANM staff as we labor to bring you Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. We’ve had Hello Kitty on our minds for quite some time and perhaps now, more than ever, we’re all starting to feel a bit “supercute.”

Hello Kitty desk décor, fashion, and flair are EVERYWHERE in our museum. There’s no denying that this group of hard-working professionals has caught a highly contagious case of Hello Kitty fever. We’re sure you will too when Hello! opens to the public on October 11, only four days from now!

Reserve your timed entry tickets now using our online system! We look forward to seeing you all decked out in your own Hello Kitty finery. In the meantime, we’re getting back to work—there’s still a lot to do!


Liz shares a desk with Hello Kitty while planning a full schedule of public programs for the museum.
Liz shares a desk with Hello Kitty while planning a full schedule of public programs for the museum.


Hello Kitty has managed to squeeze in to Production Manager Vicky’s busy desk. Look closely at the pen in hand!
Hello Kitty has managed to squeeze in to Communications Production Manager Vicky’s busy desk. Look closely at the pen in hand!


Lily even has a Hello Kitty clock to keep track of all those hours spent on curatorial research.
Lily even has a Hello Kitty clock to keep track of all those hours spent on curatorial research.


Leslie, Director of Marketing, demonstrates Sanrio's "small gift big smile" philosophy.
Leslie, Director of Marketing and Communications, demonstrates Sanrio’s “small gift big smile” philosophy.


That looks like Communications Writer Carol, but we can't be sure.
That looks like Communications Writer Carol, but we can’t be sure.


Even John, Director of Media Arts, can’t resist showing off a little Hello Kitty cheer on his JANM lanyard.
Even John, Director of Media Arts, can’t resist showing off a little Hello Kitty cheer on his JANM lanyard.


With Hello Kitty phone and key in hand at all times, Maggie has been working hard to make sure all the Hello Kitty art and artifacts make it to the museum safely.
With Hello Kitty phone and key in hand at all times, Maggie has been working hard to make sure all the Hello Kitty art and artifacts make it to the museum safely.


Want your own exclusive Hello Kitty gear? Store Associates Yvette and Alyctra are ready to help you with all your Hello Kitty x JANM purchases!
Want your own exclusive Hello Kitty gear? Store Associates Yvette and Alyctra are ready to help you with all your Hello Kitty x JANM purchases!

Lynn Yamasaki

Lynn Yamasaki is the School Programs Developer at the Japanese American National Museum.

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