A miniature of Japanese pop sensation Hamasaki with the mouthless cat Hello Kitty will go on sale to mark the 28-year-old pop singer’s Asian tour starting this Saturday.
Hamasaki, the best-known face in Japanese pop said,
I’m really happy to collaborate with Kitty, which I’ve loved since childhood. Regardless of age or nationality, Hello Kitty is loved by many women and is very special.
Similar to the above pic, the miniature features Hamasaki holding the Kitty, where both are dressed in matching farmers’ overalls and red ribbons in their hair. The figurine will be retailed at Hamasaki’s concerts in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Her agent revealed that if the venture proves to be a hit, more tie-ups between Hamasaki’s figurine and other popular characters might follow.
The Hello Kitty figurine will sell for 600 yen (five dollars). Also on sale will be hand-held mirrors with a drawing of Hamasaki holding Hello Kitty, which will retail for 2,200 yen (19 dollars).
Hello Kitty, now a global phenomenon adorning 50,000 different products on sale in 60 nations surfaced in 1974 in Japan as a moon-faced cartoon cat on a coin purse. The character is quite a hit with kids world over.