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‘Summer Greetings’ stamp set from Japan

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Japan Post Service Co., Ltd. calls everyone to enjoy the summer with a new "Summer Greetings" stamp issue. The stamps illustrate Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel.

Hello Kitty is a fictional character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, first designed by Yuko Shimizu. The character's first appearance on an item, a vinyl coin purse, was introduced in Japan in 1974 and brought to the United States in 1976. This debut came under the Sanrio company lineup, where her various products are still developed and sold.

Kitty's name came from one of the cats that Alice kept in the book Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. When Hello Kitty's boyfriend "Dear Daniel" was created in 1999, designers took his name from the 1971 film, Melody, which starred Mark Lester as a character called Daniel, and features songs by the Bee Gees.

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