If there was an award for "cutest city on Earth," it would go to the birthplace of Hello Kitty: Tokyo, Japan. Every time I visit, I discover yet another store or cafe where you can interact with round, big-eyed characters.
My interview with chief Hello Kitty designer and Japanese pop icon, Yuko Yamaguchi, almost ended before it began. All I asked was: when is a woman too old to wear Hello Kitty? "Never" said Yamaguchi in a husky voice.
On August 26, the world was let in on what would appear to be one of the biggest bombshells in cartoon history: Hello Kitty, née Kitty White, was pronounced not-cat. At 40 years young, this positioned her as the oldest third-grader in human history.
OK, I admit it. I'm a sap for nostalgia. So when my 40th college reunion reminder popped up in the email, I bolted into reverse. Who wouldn't want to "Reflect, Rekindle, Reconnect" -- words the Notable Class Reunion Chairs cooed in their beckoning letters to the alums.