Katy Perry has always made her love of Japan known to her legions of fans around the world, most notably through her obsession with all things Hello Kitty. And just yesterday, she was seen walking down the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City with another Japanese character as an accessory to her Prada gown—Tamagotchi!

The Met Gala, an annual fundraising event in New York City for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, has become the place to be and be seen. Started in 1948, the Met Gala is about as exclusive an event one can be invited to, having always been attended by the biggest names in society. The event has always been somewhat of a fashion show for celebrities, as they show up wearing their favorite designers and pose for the hundreds of photographers calling out for their attention. Since 1972, the gala has been given a theme, and this year it was Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology.

Among this year's attendees was Katy Perry, who showed up in a custom Prada gown, crazy hair, and a bunch of accessories. What caught the eyes of the few who noticed was a gadget hanging from her belt. Yes, it was none other than Tamagotchi, the virtual Japanese pet created in 1996. As she explained to Vogue, "Well, this is Tamagotchi. It's been my contribution for this year's Met Gala. It's humble, but it's tech." No one can argue with that. It may be 20 years old, but it's tech nonetheless.

On a side note, her boyfriend Orlando Bloom was spotted with a matching Tamagotchi. It took 20 years, but Tamagotchi has made it to the big time. In this business, it really is about who you know.

Tamagotchi Couple


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