Hello Kitty Postage Stamps

Hello Kitty postage stamps have become a staple within the postal service's Japanese animation stamps category.

The Hello Kitty character was brought to life in 1974 by the Japanese company Sanrio. Portrayed as a female white Japanese bobtail cat with a red bow, she appeared first on a vinyl coin purse. The character has become one of the most prolific icons of modern Japanese kawaii (sweet/cute) pop culture.

Since the global spread of the trademark, Hello Kitty has generated over a billion dollars in annual sales for Sanrio.

Besides Japanese anime stamps, the Hello Kitty character appears on everything from dolls, stickers, greeting cards, clothes, accessories, home appliances, computers, to airplanes.

The creators of Hello Kitty marketed her as being born in the suburbs of London. Her height is described as five apples and her weight as three apples. She is portrayed as a bright and kind-hearted girl. Hello Kitty is good at baking cookies and loves homemade apple-pie. She also likes to collect cute things and her favorite subjects are music, art, and English.

Another character that often appears together with Hello Kitty on Japanese stamps is 'Dear Daniel.' His role is defined as being Kitty's childhood friend. Sanrio Company gave him the real life name Daniel Starr, who is portrayed as a fashionable and sensitive person, good at dancing and playing the piano. He dreams of becoming a celebrity.


Hello Kitty Postage Stamps - Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel

The Japan Post released the 'Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel' Japan animation stamps sheet to promote the sending and receiving of post cards during the summer season.

A self-adhesive stamp sheet, it features Hello Kitty and Daniel wearing Japanese yukata summer attire and enjoying the fireworks.

The individual Hello Kitty postage stamps show the following scenes:

  1. Hello Kitty and Daniel at the fireworks
  2. The two looking at summer festival masks
  3. Both in front of a candy store
  4. Hello Kitty and Daniel burning incense stick fireworks
  5. Both sitting on an engawa (traditional Japanese wooden flooring) verandah.

These Japanese animation stamps were issued on June 22, 2012.


Hello Kitty Postage Stamps - Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel (50Yen)

Issued on the same day as the Hello Kitty postage stamps sheet above was an additional 50Yen version.

Besides images of Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel at the summer festival fireworks, the six stamps at the bottom of the sheet show Kitty with various Japanese summer flowers.

  1. Kitty with Ipomoea Nil, Japanese morning glory
  2. Kitty with Platycodon Grandiflorus, Japanese bellflower
  3. Kitty with Helianthus Annuus, sunflower

These Japanese animation stamps were issued on June 22, 2012.


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