“Hello Kitty” makes an appearance at a royal cremation

 

It may not have come through in the previous post that a cremation in Bali is a festive, and not a somber, affair.  With so many people in the streets, it is a huge festival atmosphere–with vendors everywhere, including this one w/ helium balloons of some of our favorite characters.    Christine Yano (Chair and Professor at Univ. of Hawaii Anthropology) will soon curate an exhibition of “Hello Kitty” in various guises.  

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One of the Tower bearers also sums up the general mood-on-the-street (he was not the one who got trampled unconscious)

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