We have heard of people selling their souls to the devil and companies associated with satanic forces. However, how true are those stories and can we even test their credibility? One of those rumors has been the story behind the creation of the Hello Kitty logo with the myth about a woman who owed Satan. The myth has been erased until now, and the true story behind the Hello Kitty logo cannot be complete without mentioning Yuko Shimizu. So let’s get to know how he came up with the idea and what has been used to symbolize the logo over the years.
The myth of the creation of Hello Kitty
According to Scary for Kids, the legend behind the Hello Kitty logo is that it pays homage to the devil. A woman is believed to have had a 14-year-old son who was diagnosed with mouth cancer. Doctors told the woman that her daughter was terminally ill; hence they couldn’t do anything to help her. The woman was a Christian and had faith that God would heal her daughter. She fervently prayed in any church she could find for a miracle, but none came to pass. Finally, he turned to devil worship, believing that at least he could do something to help his daughter. They say that nothing for free comes from the devil, so he said that he would heal the woman’s daughter, but that she would have to do something in return. The devil told the desperate father that he would have to create a cartoon character that would attract children from all over the world so that they would worship him without his knowledge. At this point, she would have done anything, so she made the pact with him and after her daughter was healed, the woman went ahead to create Hello Kitty. The character’s ears are believed to represent the devil’s horns. It is also said that the name is demonic since in Chinese, “Kitty” means “Devil”, so, in essence, the woman created “Hello Devil”. Therefore, anyone who purchases an item with the image is essentially welcoming the devil into their home. Furthermore, devil worshipers now claim that “Hello Kitty” means “daughter of the devil.” While these are all myths, some people have come to believe the story and, according to Hello Kitty Problems, they have discarded Hello Kitty toys saying they are affiliated with Satanism.
Why was Hello Kitty created?
You may start to see the problem with the myth from the fact that “Kitty” does not mean “the devil” in Chinese. So let’s pay tribute to the woman, Yuko Shimizu, who according to Tokyo Treat was one of the cartoonists hired by Sanrio to design cute characters for the company’s merchandise. The first Hello Kitty logo appeared on a bag and it had a fish tank, a bottle of milk, and a Hello Kitty image. That debut came in 1974 and was introduced in the United States in 1976.
However, it is possible that this famous cartoon character would never have seen the light of day if Shimizu had followed his parents’ wishes. Growing up in Tokyo, Shimizu was surrounded by anime and manga and knew that one could make a living with his artistic abilities. Her father was a businessman, while her mother was a homemaker, and they both did not like the idea of their daughter going into art. The only person they knew was Van Gogh, and his life story was not an example of what they wanted for their daughter. Still, Shimizu started drawing, but due to lack of support, he gave up art and decided to pursue advertising. By then, her artistic talent had already demonstrated through the image of Hello Kitty; While she debuted in 1974, Shimizu says her first job as a professional illustrator was in 2002.
Interesting Facts About Hello Kitty
You may have noticed that the adorable cartoon character has no mouth. It is not an oversight of the designer. Of course, the myths were meant to float to explain the absence of the mouth. One of them, as the Hello Kitty guide details, is that since the desperate woman’s daughter had mouth cancer, it was only appropriate that the image created lacked a mouth, in commemoration. However, that has been ignored, and Shimizu had his own reasons for not incorporating a mouth into the drawing. I didn’t want the character to be associated only with certain emotions when depicting a frown or a smile. Thus, by omitting the mouth, he reasoned that whoever saw the cartoon would relate it to whatever feelings they had at the time, making Hello Kitty an understanding friend to all. The design primarily appeals to women of all ages, not only because of the emotional connection but also because of the physical appearance of the character. In Japan, girls are depicted with eyes …