Article by Brian Ashcraft from Kotaku
Japan has loads of cat cafes. Loads. Many of them look the same—like coffee shops with cats or, even, like somebody’s apartment with, well, cats.
For many Tokyoites, an evening after work spent in a “neko cafe” (cat cafe) sounds purrfect. The metropolis is home to several dozen of these cafes, which charge patrons by the hour to play with cats.
For regulars, the cafes offer a place to unwind and play with cats, while they sip coffee. Many urban apartments do not permit pets, meaning that pet lovers are left without furry friends to call their own. The neko cafes fill that void.
Pet lovers often describe the joy their animals give them. Those living in environments that do not permit pets yearn for that interaction.
“It’s a great place, it calms the stresses of working life,” Ayumi Sekigushi, 23, told Reuters about her favorite cat cafe.
An example of cat café is Temari no Ouchi which looks like something out of a Studio Ghibli anime.
Located in Tokyo’s Kichijoji, the cafe opened last year. There’s a 1,200 yen ($11.81) entrance fee on weekdays and a 1,500 yen ($14.80) one on weekends and holidays. Once inside, there is an array of foods and beverages that can be ordered (of course, for additional fees).
What’s neat about this cafe is that it really looks like it was influenced by Studio Ghibli anime. There’s space for the cats to wander about and play, as well as explore and relax, which, as these types of cafes go, seems to be good for the animals.