Damn, that cat is OLD.
Anyway, word is that Sanrio is offering Hello Kitty exhibits in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and South Korea-- shame they didn't try to cram something into the Jpop Center itself, since they were there, but frankly, Yoshitaka Amano is a much nicer choice for an art gallery anyway.
The Tokyo event reportedly includes an exhibit with designs from 1974 up untl last year, sort of a Hello Kitty timeline, if you will. The exhibit also features ten original art pieces by Hello Kitty's original designer, Yuko Yamaguchi, and a bunch of collaboration goods (like Ayumi Hamasaki's Hello Kitty stuff). Unfortunately, this exhibit is only open through Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong has opened up a mini-theme park called Kitty Lab, while South Korea's Lotte Department Store is having a "Hello Kitty Hello Lotte" gallery and stamp rally at five of its locations.
That's a whoooole lot of Kitty. Apparently they're even releasing a Hello Kitty quizbook. I can only imagine the contents. I mean, it's not like Hello Kitty is a really complex, layered character. What can they ask? "What color is Hello Kitty's ribbon"?