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20 + Photos: Inside the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

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It's finally here! Hello Kitty's massive 40th anniversary retrospective exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, has officially invaded Downtown LA's Japanese American National Museum. The insanely cute exhibition showcases more than 500 items including a colorful collection of vintage Hello Kitty things and some pretty spectacular contemporary artwork inspired by the adorable animated girl.

The retrospective portion of the exhibit was curated by Dr. Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific, while the modern art portion was curated by LA's own Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of JapanLA. "I've been a fan of Hello Kitty since I was a little girl," Rivadeneira tells us at the opening of the exhibit. "I never grew out of it. Instead, I embraced my love for Hello Kitty and opened my store JapanLA eight years ago keeping the adult Hello Kitty fan in mind. For me, Hello Kitty is a lifestyle. She represents embracing what you love and being whoever you want to be in life."

Explore the must-visit exhibition below, visit it ASAP, and for even more cuteness check out the museum's roster of Hello Kitty events, which include panel discussions, sushi-making classes, a Japanese cloth dyeing workshop, and much more.

The exhibit is open now through April 26, 2015. Buy $20 (or $10 for ages 6-17) tickets here.
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