Yes. I am sorry to inform you that this is what you fear it to be. Sushi made in the shape of Hello Kitty.
Yes. Those cutsey hearts are indeed made of wieners.
This at once both horrifies and fascinates me. Horrifies, partially because I can’t stand sushi (not that I’ve eaten much … I’ve chewed but never swallowed). Fascinates, because in America, adorable cat-shaped delicacies would only be eaten by girls below the age of 6.
In Japan, I believe this would also appeal to 30-year-olds.
From what I understand, in Japan the principle of “kawaii,” or cuteness, is a major part of modern pop culture–appealing to more than just young children. (If you’re interested in knowing a little more, see this Wikipedia article on cuteness in Japanese culture, where you can learn about giant Pokemon painted on jetliners, police stations with their own manga mascots, and “Anomalous Female Teenage Handwriting.”)
It seems that Sanrio, the corporation behind Hello Kitty and all her adorable friends, has been a major influence of kawaii culture in Japan. Again, this is why I have a mild fascination with Hello Kitty.
My friend Amy, however, does not particularly appreciate this point of cultural significance, and finds the Hello Kitty thing just strange. So one day I happened to see this picture of 26-foot Hello Kitty balloons in a Japanese city, and I emailed it to Amy:
So cute you could die! Kawaii!!
Amy did not seem to appreciate this.
Now deleting message …
So I sent her another e-mail a little while later, with the subject line of “tonight,” knowing she’d think it was about us having dinner together or something.
I lied. It’s a picture of Keroppi!
(from the Sanrio website): “Keroppi loves adventure, and his bubbly personality makes him popular around Donut Pond. He has a brother called Koroppi and a sister called Pikki. Keroppi is a fantastic swimmer and singer (but not at the same time!)”
YOUR COMPUTER WILL SELF IMPLODE IN
As opposed to imploding something else?
Evil Hello Kitty penguin for you:
So at any rate, Amy doesn’t seem to appreciate Sanrio. Which is a shame because there is a Sanrio Theme Park in Japan. Maybe I can get her to go sometime. Just think … giant Hello Kitties and Keroppis coming toward her and trying to hug her? Wouldn’t that be fun?? Kawaii!