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  • The first ever Hello Kitty exhibition in North America opens this weekend at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 10, 2014. The exhibition "Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty" which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the beloved icon from its early beginnings in Japan to eventual worldwide popularity, will run from Oct. 11 to April 26, 2015 at the Japanese American National Museum.
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  • A woman is seated beside a display of "Super Space Titan Kitty," a 2014 fiberglass sculpture by Colin Christian displayed at a press event ahead of the opening of the first ever Hello Kitty exhibition in North America at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 10, 2014.
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  • The first Hello Kitty item, a small vinyl coin purse, which debuted in March 1975 in Japan is displayed at a press event ahead of the opening of the first ever Hello Kitty exhibition in North America, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 10, 2014.
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  • People are reflected on the display glass of a scaled version of Hello Kitty in a plane which made Macy's 2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade, displayed at a press event ahead of the opening of the first ever Hello Kitty exhibition in North America, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 10, 2014.
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  • A woman views a painting at a press event ahead of the opening of the first ever Hello Kitty exhibition in North America, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 10, 2014.
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  • "Kittypatra" by Simone Legno for Tokidoki is displayed at a press event ahead of the opening of the first ever Hello Kitty exhibition in North America, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 10, 2014.
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  • A woman walks past Hello Kitty artwork on display at a press event ahead of the opening of the first ever Hello Kitty exhibition in North America, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 10, 2014.
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  • A photographer attends a press event ahead of the opening of the first ever Hello Kitty exhibition in North America, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 10, 2014.
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  • Hello Kitty disguised as Godzilla on display at a press event ahead of the opening of the first ever Hello Kitty exhibition in North America, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 10, 2014.
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  • A woman uses her cellphone to capture an image of a Hello Kitty figurine displayed at a press event ahead of the opening of the first ever Hello Kitty exhibition in North America, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 10, 2014.
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