Yuko Shimizu

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This article is about the creator of Hello Kitty. For the contemporary New York illustrator, see Yuko Shimizu (illustrator).
Yuko Shimizu
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Yuko Shimizu at Japan Expo 2010
Born (1946-11-01) November 1, 1946 (age 68)
Chiba Prefecture, Japan

Yuko Shimizu (清水 侑子 Shimizu Yūko?) (born 1 November 1946) is the Japanese designer who created Hello Kitty.

She was born in Chiba Prefecture. After graduating from Musashino Art University, she created Hello Kitty at Sanrio in 1974. She left Sanrio in 1976 to get married, and has been working as a freelance designer ever since. She did not make a lot of money from Hello Kitty.[1]

The other characters she has created include Angel Cat Sugar and Rebecca Bonbon.[2] She has also published some picture books.

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