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The Edible Hello Kitty

I’ve seen Hello Kitty’s face on everything from officially licensed Tokyo buses to obviously unlicensed machine guns, but this is the first time I’ve seen Kitty-chan rendered in…rice. This bento box is one of the items available in the Mitsukoshi department store’s current Hello Kitty promotion. Other tempting Hello Kitty promo items include:

Hello Kitty “dessert vinegar”
Kitty-shaped taiyaki filled with red bean paste
Kitty-chan bento box with more Kitty-chans inside

I wonder if kids in Japan bite off the ears first, just like Easter bunny-devouring kids in America do…

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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