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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plastic and metal; electrical components

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 7

Hello Kitty is the ultimate symbol of Japanese cute. She was launched in 1974 by Sanrio, originally for pre-adolescent girls. Now adored by all age groups, she features on a wide range of consumer goods, including domestic appliances such as kettles, toasters and rice-cookers. According to her creator, Hello Kitty’s real name is Kitty White and she was born in a suburb of London.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)



Materials and Techniques

Plastic and metal; electrical components

Descriptive line

Toaster, showing Hello Kitty, plastic and metal; electrical components, manufactured by Sanyo Denki, Japan, 1998

Labels and date

Hello Kitty toaster
Sanyo Denki
Plastic and metal; electrical components
Museum no. FE.21-2015


East Asia Collection

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