Japan Subculture Research Center
A guide to the Japanese underworld, Japanese pop-culture, yakuza and everything dark under the sun.
Strange characters are not something new to Japan. Sanrio's anthropomorphic egg, affectionately named "Gudetama" which literally translates to 'Lazy Egg' in English is no exception.
A recent revelation that Hello Kitty isn't a cat has left people, including ourselves, scratching their heads.