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Creature Comfort: Japanese Cafes Offer Animal Companionship

A Japanese cafe concept that's quite popular is the pet cafe, where stressed locals can gather to enjoy a meal, a beverage, and some relaxing...

Jim Moscater
Jim Moscater on September 3, 2009.

A Japanese cafe concept that’s become quite popular is the pet cafe, where stressed locals can gather to enjoy a meal, a beverage, and some relaxing companionship with a rabbit, cat, or dog. Since many rented apartments in Japan do not allow pets, these cafes offer a safe haven for animal adulation.

One example is the Usagi-To Cafe in Nagoya, Japan, which is a rabbit-themed establishment that features decorations, toys, and food prepared in the shape of a rabbit (although the rabbits themselves are not on the menu). Since quality pet time is a commodity in Japan, interaction with the animals themselves costs about ¥900 ($10 USD) for a entrance fee, and ¥100 per minute spent with one of the 18 bunnies on staff.

You can also bring your own rabbit to socialize with the in-house animals, should your pet need time to mingle with its own kind.

[via Reuters]

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