According to the latest at Weird Asia News, the hottest recent trend to hit Japan is the Calico Cafe…. a Tokyo Teashop that allows visitors to drink their tea while communing with a whole room full of delightful cats. Yay!!
Finally… somebody has recognized the true potential of the cat…. soooo soothing and soooo cute!! Kawaii desu ne!!! Oooohhh!! そうかわいい!!
I soooooo wanna go! I wonder if there is a special rate for we Wannabe Catgirls? Neko-chan will bring Goober too!
Let’s all “Read On”… shall we?
According to Weird Asia News: “As the name implies, the Calico is a cat café. It opened in Tokyo in March of 2007 and was at first a place where only a few cat fanciers and lonely older people ventured inside.
Now, however, that has all changed. The Calico and other cat cafés are truly “in” places, the real “cat’s meow,” so to speak. Here, customers seeking human and feline companionship pay to sip tea and stroke one of the 20-odd resident cats, representing 17 different breeds.
Cat cafés fill an important social void in a nation of aging and childless adults. Many patrons would be pet owners, but cannot either because of work obligations or no-pet housing facilities.
These cafés have become so popular as a place for tea and social exchange that this past month a second branch of Calico opened in a very classy, high-rent district of Tokyo known as Shinjuku.
The original café is so packed that reservations are required (and some even claim that guests must be cleared with the cats)!
There are some rules that all who enter must follow. Customers must wear their laminated cat-access passes around their neck at all times, no children under the 5th grade may enter, cats too young to be held have scarves around their necks, customers may not hold or stroke a cat if it resists, must let napping cats lie, and never bring cat nip or cat food to the café.
It would seem that one hour of communion with a loving fur-ball at the cost of about $9 US dollars, is a bargain that many cannot resist.”
Sigh!!! It looks sooo heavenly!! Only in Japan……