If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I recently visited the Sanrio headquarters in San Francisco. It was amazing!! To understand how special this was I feel like you need to know my history with Sanrio.
Growing up in Alaska we had one Sanrio store. It was in the fancy mall across town and taking trips to the area was rare. I remember saving up my money so I could buy items from the store. My go-to was the goodie bags. My favorite character was Badtz Maru, I think I liked that he seemed like a bad boy. I have fond memories of shopping with my parents and picking out items.
As I grew into my teens I distanced myself from Sanrio. I thought it was kid stuff, not fit for a cool teenager to be into. As I aged I always thought Hello Kitty and Sanrio, in general, was cute. It wasn’t until the Hello Kitty Friendship Festival that I rediscovered my love. It’s like a spark went off. At the time I was collecting other toys and characters just not specifically Sanrio. I slowly started collecting more and more and it has grown into the kawaii mess I have now.
Sanrio brings me back to a simpler time. I think back to those special moments I spent with my Mom picking out new pens or plushies and it gives me the warm fuzzies. So yeah, Sanrio is special to me.
When my friend, Shawn, asked if I’d want to join her for a quick trip to the headquarters, I jumped at the chance. Talk about a dream come true! I’d get to walk the halls of my favorite company and meet the people there.
Fast forward to the day of our trip. I woke up at 2am so I could meet my fellow travelers at Sweet Kitty by 3:45am. Our flight left at 6am so we wanted to make sure we had time to get through security. After we landed we grabbed our suitcases, picked up our rental car, and headed off to the Sanrio Company Store in South San Francisco.
We met with Shawn’s contact at Sanrio and she gave us a tour of the office. It was so cool!! They had prints and artwork all over the office. The best part for me was getting to see everyone’s offices and getting to chat with employees. One thing I love about Sanrio is that you can immediately bond with fellow fans. I’ve made friends all over the world thanks to my interest in Sanrio characters and that’s pretty darn cool!
After our tour, we headed to San Jose to visit the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-up! We all were interested in the exclusive snacks and to see if they had new merchandise.
We had a little time to kill before heading back to the airport so we walked around the area for a little bit. Then it was back to the airport to head home.
It was the quickest trip I’ve ever taken via airplane and it was amazing. I am so thankful that I was able to visit the San Francisco Sanrio Headquarters and meet so many lovely people. It was an experience that I will truly never forget.
Thank you to my wonderful friend, Shawn of Sweet Kitty, for inviting me!!
Want more? Check out my vlog from the day!