Ex-Ja­pan po­lice­man breaks records with Hello Kitty col­lec­tion

'This is his dream'

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

A67-year-old for­mer po­lice­man with the world's big­gest Hello Kitty col­lec­tion has be­come the envy of lit­tle girls ev­ery­where with a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars' worth of moon-faced mem­o­ra­bilia. Masao Gunji, who spent his work­ing life on the trail of hard­ened crim­i­nals, now spends his re­tire­ment track­ing down pink and white soft toys to keep in a Hello Kit­tythemed house, which he built spe­cially and has be­come a mag­net for tourists. "Kitty has been like the love of my Though he doesn't live in the prop­erty, Gunji was rec­og­nized last Novem­ber by Guin­ness World Records for his col­lec­tion, hav­ing spent around 30 mil­lion yen ($267,000) on thou­sands of items, in­clud­ing the house.

More than 5,000 items he owns bear Kitty's iconic red bow, pro­pel­ling Gunji past the pre­vi­ous record holder, also Ja­panese. Gunji's wife Yoshiko says she fully sup­ports her hus­band's pas­sion. "I don't care how much he spends on Hello Kitty," she said. "Peo­ple need to make a mark on the world, and Hello Kitty is the one he lives for," she added. "This is his dream." — AFP

This photo shows re­tired Ja­panese po­lice of­fi­cer Masao Gunji pos­ing with his Hello Kitty col­lec­tion at his pink-painted Hello Kitty house in Yot­sukaido, Chiba pre­fec­ture. — AFP pho­tos

Masao Gunji show­ing his Hello Kitty col­lec­tion to a neigh­bor at his pinkpainted Hello Kitty house.

Masao Gunji, a re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer, stand­ing at an en­trance to his pinkpainted Hello Kitty house with his wife Yoshiko Gunji (left) in Yot­sukaido.

Masao Gunji (right) pos­ing next to his Hello Kitty col­lec­tion as his wife Yoshiko Gunji (left) looks on, at their pink-painted Hello Kitty house.

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