Sanrio to hold 2nd Hello Kitty exam in April

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

So you think you know Hello Kitty? Test your knowledge of the world-famous cartoon cat at the second-ever Hello Kitty examination on April 3.

Organized by creator Sanrio Co. and Sanrio Entertainment Co., the exam is being held at Sanrio Puroland amusement park in Tokyo’s Tama city.

It follows the first exam held in 2009, which attracted a crowd of self-styled Hello Kitty experts and enthusiasts.
Participants can take the exam for 500 yen ($6), after paying admission to Sanrio Puroland.

The 20-minute test is being held in two time slots, from 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., allowing up to 200 test-takers in each slot.

The test is 25 multiple-choice questions about Hello Kitty. The top performers can move on to the final round at 5:10 p.m.

Tomoharu Shoji from the comedy duo Shinagawa Shoji will be emcee in the final round, to be held in a quiz-show “fastest finger first” style.

Before the final exam, Shoji will host a talk by Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi.

Anyone is eligible to take the exam. However, be advised that it will include some very challenging questions, Sanrio said.

First prize is a three-day trip for two to Kaohsiung city in Taiwan, where the winner will stay in the Hello Kitty Room at the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel.

Second prize is a free night’s stay for two in the Hello Kitty Room at the Beppuwan Royal Hotel in Oita Prefecture. It also includes free tickets to nearby Harmonyland, an amusement park dedicated to Sanrio characters.

In addition, all participants will receive a certificate and Sanrio character toys to commemorate their participation.

Sanrio has released a study guide for the exam, “Hello Kitty Kentei,” priced at 1,050 yen, including tax.

See (http://www.puroland.jp/event/kt_kentei2011/index.html).

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