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.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
Mangroves
マングローブ
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Haarii
ハーリー
Sanshin
三線
Italy
One Piece
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
Japan
VOCALOID
China
Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi
Jidai Matsuri
時代祭
Artisans’ Row
あじき路地
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
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紅葉
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
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OSAMU TEZUKA
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Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Cosmetics
化粧品
Japanese knives
包丁
Department store basement
デパ地下
TEMPURA
天婦羅
WASABI
山葵
SOBA
蕎麦
SUSHI
寿司
TAKU OBATA
MANABU IKEDA
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TABAIMO
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
SANJA MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
KENDO
剣道
KYUDO
弓道
IAI
居合
KARATEDO
空手
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
SHOGI
SHOGI
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR