Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sayonara, Kitty

Japan has a new tourism ambassador.
Hello Kitty has come a long way, hasn't she?
I can see why the Japanese would use her, she has been very popular for many years now, and some of the Hello Kitty fanatics are entering adulthood, and the land of credit cards, spending money, and travel. Why not spend your hard earned debt going to Japan and investing in the Yen? I do find it funny that her official biography lists her as living in London with her family, however.
I know, I know. I can't talk. I lived there for 2 years. And I loved just about every minute of it. But I was in the Navy. They paid me to live there. And the dollar to yen rate was so good at that time. (Not as good as when my Dad lived there for the same reason, though.)
If we were to pick a tourism ambassador for the US, who would it be?
my mind goes straight to Mickey Mouse. But, would we choose a cartoon? How about a sports figure? Michael Jordan, or Tiger Woods, maybe? I hope we would not choose an actor. Every time I see a commercial for California that ends with Arnold our governator and his stick figure of a wife, Maria, I cringe. Every time. It was kind of cool when Dirty Harry was the mayor of Carmel, and he asks if you feel lucky on on a golf course. But Arnold? Not so much.
I have to give the idea some more thought, though. US tourism ambassador.
I am leaning towards House....(but he is british)
Beavis and Butthead? (no, Cornholio wouldn't probably translate as well)
Ted Kennedy. He could give tours of Chappaquidick? (no, too old)
How about the guys from Deliverance?
Maybe Hilary could do it. She will need the work. (Nah, would not wish that on anyone. Our tourism would probably crash).
Mr T? That would be entertaining, wouldn't it?
The possibilites are endless.
Whom would you all pick?


holly said...

well i think mickey is the closest thing to hello kitty's equivalent.

i am too sleep-deprived to think of anything more pervasive which has its own shop and following.

Daryl said...

I doubt Uncle Walt's People would let Mickey do it. But how about ... what was the astronaut doll/toon's name .. oh yeah Buzz Lightyear ... what a great ambassador he'd be! All American, an Astronaut, Good looking .. works for me .. think of the franchises ... cah-ching ... hey if a kitty can be Japan's Goodwill person .. why not a Toon Astronaut!!!

Let's hear it for Buzz!!!!!!!


sybil law said...

Chuck Norris.
Hellz yes.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Hmmmm, how about...nope, I'd probably go for Mickey too, or Minnie, Miss M loves Minnie.

Lia Hollander said...

Yeah, I heard you had pants for me. Where are they? I hope they aren't the ones that Mickey wears because they probably won't fit.