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Japan's cat cafés

Leon of the Neko Cafe Leon

Author: Rakuen Growlithe

Cat cafés are coffee houses including a seperate room where customers are able to play with cats. They are particularly popular in Japan, perhaps due to many apartments forbidding pets, with Tokyo having between 30 and 40 such cafés.

At the request of Jerry Coyne, Japanese blogger Yokohamamama visited one of these cafés, the Neko Café Leon, and posted a report about her experiences.

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2 responses

  1. My mom would love a cafe like this. We just lost Little Brother, the family cat, a little while ago and she misses him terribly. I can’t blame her. He was with us for 17 years. Poor thing had to be put down because of pneumonia. He was just like a little brother to me, and a son to my parents.

    It would be interesting if cafes like this would start popping up in the US. I wonder if they’d be as popular, though, since most people here can keep pets in their homes, unlike a lot of the Japanese.

    February 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

  2. My mom would love a cafe like this. We just lost Little Brother, the family cat, a little while ago and she misses him terribly. I can’t blame her. He was with us for 17 years. Poor thing had to be put down because of pneumonia. He was just like a little brother to me, and a son to my parents.

    It would be interesting if cafes like this would start popping up in the US. I wonder if they’d be as popular, though, since most people here can keep pets in their homes, unlike a lot of the Japanese.

    February 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

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