Oct. 30, 2014. A model dressing as Japanese character Hello Kitty greets a guest arriving to take a souvenir photo with her at Sanrio Puroland, a theme park featuring Hello Kitty in Tokyo. (The Associated Press)
When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.