Hello Kitty is a popular Japanese character. It is a literal modern translation of 'Maneki Neko' or, the 'Beckoning Cat' which is a symbol of welcome and is used in many Japenese/Chinese store entrances. Sometimes Maneki Neko has his left paw up, sometimes the right. The left paw signifies that the business owner is inviting in it's customers. The right paw invites in money or good fortune. Most Maneki Neko's are calico cats; the male calico is so rare it's considered lucky in Japan But Maneki Neko may be white, black, red, gold, or pink to ward off illness, bad luck, or evil spirits and bring financial success, good luck, health and love. Maneki Nekos made in Japan show the palm of the paw, imitating the manner in which Japenese people beckon. North American Maneki Nekos show the back of the paw, imitating the way we gesture 'come here.' The higher Maneki Neko holds his paw, the more good fortune is being invited.
According to legend, that cat, called Tama, lived in a poverty stricken temple in 17th century Tokyo. The temple priest often scolded Tama for contributing nothing to the upkeep of the temple. Then one day, a powerful feudal lord named Naotaka Ii was caught in a rainstorm near the temple while returning home from a fishing trip. As the lord took refuge under a big tree, he noticed Tama with her paw raised, beckoning to him, inviting him to nter he temple's front gate. Intrigued, Naotaka decided to get a closer look at he cat. Suddenly, the tree was struck by lightening and fell on the exact spot where the lord had just been standing. Tama had saved his life! In gratitude, Naotaka made the little temple his family temple and became it's benefactor. Tama and the priest never went hungry again. After a long life, Tama was buried in gratitude at the Goutokuji temple. Goutokuji still exists, housing dozens of statues of the Beckoning Cat.

Hello Kitty is the modern version of this, so many kids have good fortune (probably)
Source- Uncle John's Unstoppable Bathroom Reader
by Knowlegeble August 13, 2010
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n. A Japanese psychological mass-casualty weapon, developed by scientists at the Sanrio Corporation; unleashed upon humanity in 1974 with the goal of subjugating the planet under Japanese imperial rule.

Nobody knows how Hello Kitty works, but there is no denying the tragic consequences of its use: millions of fad-crazed zombies (the "Wapanese") now trod the earth, their rational faculties obliterated by an overpowering instinct to embrace Japanese pop culture. Furthermore, they sap the economies of the Western nations by purchasing boundless amounts of worthless Japanese kitsch. With proof of the Kitty's efficacy, the Japanese have subsequently deployed even more potent mind-control weapons, including Pokemon and Dragonball Z.

Doctors warn that even low-level exposure to Hello Kitty may cause a perfectly sound mind to crack. Anyone who accidently catches sight of this Kitty (an anthropomorphic cat having a hairbow and no mouth) is advised to seek psychotherapy at once and to report the sighting to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for immediate liquidation.
"The people of the United States have already formed their opinions regarding Hello Kitty, and well understand the implication to the very life and safety of our nation."
by Carl Willis January 12, 2005
An extremely popular cartoon cat in Japan, made by the Sanrio corporation, which appears on a wide variety of toys and consumer products. Also used to refer to the other cartoon characters which inhabit the same "world" as the cat.
I saw a new Hello Kitty plush doll the other day, and it was so adorable.
by Anonymous September 02, 2003
A popular Japanese character that helps delay the process of sexual discovery in pubescent girls.
At fourteen, my daughter is constantly playing with her dolls.
Better Hello Kitty than Hello Pussy!
by Mastiboy November 30, 2006
A very popular cartoon character from Japan
"...she's just a pussy with a bow on it" - Margaret Cho
by s_N_double_O_P April 24, 2005
The most adorable, beutiful, pretty, loving, friendly, amazing, miraculous, kitty ever! She has wonderful merchandise too and a twin sister named Mimmy who is also phenominal! She has cosmic powers to rule the world and everyone who insults her will be ruled by her in the after life.
Lawryn and Tiff have beautiful Hello Kitty bags which make them superior to the rest of the world because Hello Kitty is always with them.
by Whitney Fontaine Sheniqua June 03, 2007
A cartoon cat made by the Japanese company Sanrio. She is not satanic, she is not trying to take over the world. She is just a cute little cartoon cat.
Hello Kitty is a cute cartoon cat.
by weirdo44 August 30, 2008
a mascot for scene kids usually on purses neclaces rings hair clips and myspace pages
o my god have you seen my new hello kitty necklace? its so chill
by breelee April 27, 2007

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