Cuteness Overload at Owl Cafe

As the cat cafes are aready passé in Japan :)) there’s this new thing in town : the owl cafe. Actually, it’s not even that new as the owl trend has started to pick up last year.

It sounds a bit unsane, I know. So today I went to Owl Family cafe in Osaka, and it was unbelievably cute. People don’t usually hang out with owls, so that makes the whole experience so unique, I guess.

It was pretty simple: I stopped by the cafe and registered on a list (I had to wait for one and a half hour, as places were already booked). There’s a maximum of 12-15 people entering every hour (from 11-22:00). Too many people would scare the owls.

At the scheduled time, I entered the cafe and sat down together with the other customers. I had to order something (there’s a minimum order: soda for 1,000 yen or alcohol for 1,200 yen). While we sipped our drinks, a worker explained some things about the owls and how to behave with them. It was  in Japanese, so I didn’t understand much, but there was also an English leaflet telling you the basics: you musn’t touch the owls on the belly, legs, neck. You can pat them on the head with the back of your fingers, and put them on your arm, head and shoulders. Oh, and if they fall from your arm and turn with their head upside down, don’t freak out, call the staff :).

Once the explanations finished, you have 50 minutes of great time with the cute owls.

Below, the unusual meeting, in pictures:

This fluffy one was the first one I got to put on my arm and pat. Sooooo flufffy!

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These ladies were kind of sleepy:

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And she was one of my favorites (that’s quite a personality you got there!)

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The white one, when not asleep turned out to be quite a performer.

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And more playing and patting, please :).

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It was fun, it was strange and lovely and really OSSUM! :). Would do it again, for sure.

PS: I know there might be some concerns regarding the animals, of how well treated are they, etc. I’m not an expert, I know, but the owls seemed pretty well taken care of, and tamed and happy.

Osaka, the Best Sunday Getaway

Osaka is the perfect getaway for a sunny afternoon.

It’s very close to Kyoto, about an hour by train.

It’s full of life and interesting people.

It’s noisy and trendy.

It’s the city with strange hotel architecture (and also strange names : ‘Puppy Hotel’?!).

It’s the city of fashionistas (Amerika-mura is the well known center of youth fashion).

It’s the city of vibrant colors and over-sized flashy neon signs.

It’s the city worth returning to for many Sunday afternoons from now on.

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