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Hello Kitty Says Hello, Currency

God help me, but I actually kinda want some.

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?
GrandMarshalon Jan. 18, 2010 at 2:22 p.m.

Whats the exchange rate to £'s?

sora_thekey moderator on Jan. 18, 2010 at 2:32 p.m.

Hello Kitty Money! 
 
I will then buy Pucca merchendise!
JJOR64on Jan. 18, 2010 at 3:37 p.m.
I want some Hello Kitty money.  Those Japanese are so lucky.   :(
nandeyanenon Jan. 18, 2010 at 4:19 p.m.
Does Japan even have any ironic hipsters?
Konandaon Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:05 p.m.

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.

John_Martoneon Jan. 19, 2010 at 10:51 a.m.
@Konanda said:
"

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.

"
Food vendors I assume as well.
 
I'd buy food with cats... as currency... not in the meal, that'd be silly.
Konandaon Jan. 19, 2010 at 1:10 p.m.
@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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