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Japan Society exhibit says goodbye to Hello Kitty

Despite the tragedy, the Japan Society, which is leading a fundraising drive for victims of the earthquake, proceeded with plans Thursday to open the exhibition and announced that half the proceeds of ticket sales will go for disaster relief.

“Bye Bye Kitty!!!” showcases the work of a younger generation of Japanese artists who reject the childlike, “cute” aesthetic of contemporary Japanese pop culture, exemplified by comic books (manga), animation (anime) and the ubiquitous white cat of Hello Kitty merchandise.

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