Hello Kitty fans the world over made the trek last autumn to Los Angeles to be a part of the first-ever Hello Kitty convention, a gathering that coincided with the first weeks of the Hello Kitty exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum.
Were there bows worn by convention attendees? So very many bows, which is one of the Hello Kitty's best-known staples.
The lengthy journeys made by many devotees of the sweet-faced superstar -- who is definitely not a cat, let's just make clear -- were not all that odd. Fans have been known to travel long distances to commune with the whisker-cheeked character, which was launched by Japanese company Sanrio in 1974.
But to have Hello Kitty roll your way is a far rarer and just as whimsical treat. The 41-year-old pop culture legend, or at least her food truck, will be calling upon the Glendale Galleria on Saturday, March 28.
It's the Hello Kitty Cafe, which brims with treats shaped like the character as well as macarons, doughnuts, mini cakes, and other adorable edibles. (Question: Should Hello Kitty attempt to put some sort of patent down on the word "adorable"? Because that should maybe finally happen.)
If you're wondering if this is the same Hello Kitty Cafe announced in the fall, the fast-casual restaurant that will sell all sorts of pink-and-rainbow'd merchandise, it is the mobile forerunner. The restaurant itself is "slated to open in Southern California in late 2015."
And, yes: The truck was out and about in the fall, too, but its appearances these days are a special thing and not an everyday occurrence.
Should a visit to the candy-hued truck not fully fulfill your Hello-Kitty-like longings, and you can't wait for "late 2015," hold tight, happy Kitties: Hello, Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty remains on exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum through the last day of May.
Still not a cat, though. She is, in large part, says an expert, "a friend."