Best Hello Kitty collection (2000)

Hello Kitty World at Min Min

Hello Kitty may just be another one of Japan's attempts to take over the world, but don't be quick to catalogue it next to Panasonic, Toyota or Pokémon. The cutesy kitty remains mysteriously Japanese and -- we admit -- utterly inane, but it still manages to capture our fancies, as well as that of collector Ashley Chang, who's allowed her obsession to flow over into her family's Chinese restaurant, Min Min, where she has everything Hello Kitty for sale. From pens and tablets to earmuffs to undies, she's got it all, along with a few collector's items of her own that aren't for sale, right there in the corner, a stone's throw from the Moo Goo Gai Pan.

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