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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Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Shrine visit
参拝
Yakatabune
屋形船
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Mango
マンゴー
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Sanshin
三線
China
Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi
Japan
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Japan
Hakuohki
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Maiko documentary
舞妓
Kitchen of Kyoto
錦市場
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
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
Japanese knives
包丁
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
WHISKY
ウイスキー
URUSHI
漆芸
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
RICE CAKES
TABAIMO
Nerhol
MANABU IKEDA
TAKU OBATA
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KYUDO
弓道
SADO
茶道
IAI
居合
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
SHOGI
SHOGI