For some, school cafeterias equates to a good hot meal, but for many it’s usually just a mundane dining experience. The type of food served at school cafeteria’s can leave much to be desired. Well for those lucky enough to study in China at one particular university, their cafeteria is something out of a little girl’s fantasy. The first Hello Kitty Cafeteria has opened up, and it’s really quite the spectacle.
In Zhejiang Gongshang University, the Hello Kitty Cafeteria is a large dining hall that can fit up to 800 students. It features bright colors, plush dolls and an international menu that only Hello Kitty could dream up. The standard issue uniforms for the staff are Hello Kitty aprons and little ear headbands. There are even gaming booths set up for students to kill time between their classes.
Although this may sound unusual to people in Western cultures, it’s actually quite normal for China. China has an insatiable obsession for Hello Kitty, and the cafeteria is just one of a slew of themed locations all over the country. Just earlier in the year Hello Kitty had a grand opening for a theme park. There are also countless restaurants and even a maternity ward for nursing mothers.
Created in 1974, Hello Kitty is a Japanese cartoon cat that has a head twice the size of her body, and wears her signature red bow. She became a global phenomenon that has touched the lives of people all over the world. Even for those unfamiliar with Hello Kitty, they’ve probably seen her at one point on lunch boxes, clothing, shoes and more. The demographic for Hello Kitty used to be young girls, but as those girls transformed into adults it’s now Hello Kitty for all ages, shapes and sizes.
For anyone making a trip to China, and are in the neighborhood, then it might be worth it to take a peek at the Hello Kitty Cafeteria.