Romi Mizukami

Designer for Ray BEAMS, “Kittyist”

I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.

Ms. Mizukami has been a passionate fan of Hello Kitty ever since she saw a Kitty T-shirt in a Kitty exhibition several years ago. From then on, she started to create Kitty-style fashions. “Hello Kitty’s charm comes from the color balance of red, navy, and white, and from her, emotionless face with the mouth not drawn. Also, Kitty’s head size is almost equal to her body. I like this proportion very much,” says Ms. Mizukami. She adds, “I often use Kitty items as part of my own fashion style. I love Kitty too much, so I ended up designing Kitty goods and they are being sold now by my company brand, BEAMS!” Her cherished Kitty creations include the designs for an iPhone case and a hand mirror. “Oh, I love Kitty! I’ll go on adding Kitty items to my fashion. I wish I could be Kitty some day… I’ll keep hoping this!”

Note:

"Kittyler" is a Japanese-English term popularized in Japan that means Hello Kitty fan or "Kittyist."

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Food model
食品模型
Character bento
キャラ弁
Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Monja
もんじゃ
Sanshin
三線
Haarii
ハーリー
Mangroves
マングローブ
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
United Kingdom
Eternal Sonata
Japan
Kinnikuman
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Artisans’ Row
あじき路地
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
Picks
楊枝
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
SUSHI
寿司
URUSHI
漆芸
TEMPURA
天婦羅
ODEN
おでん
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
Nerhol
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
SANJA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NEBUTA MATSURI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KENDO
剣道
IAI
居合
KYUDO
弓道
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人