She has been accompanied me through my life (thanks to my Kitty crazy grandmother) and now seems to make an appearance in most places I pitch up in Japan. It seems that she attempts to disguise herself in local regalia but she cannot fool me! I see Kitty!!
These charms/mascots are called Gotochi Kitty in Japanese and feature a local themed Hello Kitty. They originated in Hokkaido Japan about 11 years and have increased in popularity ever since.
I have accumulated a nice little collection of these Hello Kitty area and location exclusive charms that can only be found in designated localities throughout Japan. I pick them up at service stations or gift shops much to the bemusement of my travel companions. Quite frankly, I just cannot stop myself.
+ Okinawa Hello Kitty +
+ Nara Hello Kitty +
+ Gunma Hello Kitty +
+ Arashiyama Hello Kitty +
+ Skytree Hello Kitty +
+ Shiga Hello Kitty +
+ Mitsukoshi London Hello Kitty +
These London Routemaster charms are only available from Mitsukoshi in London. There are actually 3 variations and I need to have them all!
I hope you have enjoyed this little look through my assortment of Gotochi. Which is your favourite? Do you have any?
Let me know if you fancy doing a swap for one of the London versions! I would to have more!!