Hello Kitty Says Hello, Currency

Topic started by gia on Jan. 18, 2010. Last post by Konanda 4 years, 8 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Reader N15PCA posted this interesting tidbit: apparently the newest "wtf?" Hello Kitty item is, in fact, Hello Kitty money. In Asakusa, a section of Tokyo famous for both entertainment and historic sites, money bearing Hello Kitty's face and name is being created-- all of it in an old-fashioned style.



Not only that, but 500 shops are participating in this particular marketing orgy, and they will accept the money as, you know, actual money. Of course, I'm not sure exactly how much you'll have to spend in order to get it, or how long they'll be good for, but it'll be cute for the kids and/or creepy Hello Kitty-obsessed fans. (See also: Hello, Wedding Dress.)
 
On the other hand, I could see a certain amount of sort of "ironic hipster" cred in using Hello Kitty money to buy something really horrible and/or raunchy. I wonder if any porn shops are participating?
 
What sort of weird thing would you want to buy with Hello Kitty money?
Post by GrandMarshal (152 posts) See mini bio Level 10

Whats the exchange rate to £'s?

Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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Hello Kitty Money! 
 
I will then buy Pucca merchendise!
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
I want some Hello Kitty money.  Those Japanese are so lucky.   :(
Post by nandeyanen (10 posts) See mini bio Level 2
Does Japan even have any ironic hipsters?
Post by Konanda (796 posts) See mini bio Level 17

I'd get a monopoly on it and than sell it to crazed fans that would pay a fortune for it. Actually I don't know what I would buy with Hello Kitty money. Probably some trinket since I assume that is what these merchants are selling.

Post by John_Martone (2,992 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@Konanda said:
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I'd get a monopoly on it and than sell it to crazed fans that would pay a fortune for it. Actually I don't know what I would buy with Hello Kitty money. Probably some trinket since I assume that is what these merchants are selling.

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Food vendors I assume as well.
 
I'd buy food with cats... as currency... not in the meal, that'd be silly.
Post by Konanda (796 posts) See mini bio Level 17
@John_Martone:
Southern east Asia, South America and Eastern Europe say hi. Also special shoutout to cat's from China.
 
*note some graphic content in the second one.*
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