The concept is straight forward. In main cities many people live in small units and don't have enough space for pets. Cat cafes have proven popular with locals by providing that pet-owner intimacy otherwise unattainable to some. And now owl cafes are meant to offer a similar sort of experience - except that the owls can't be touched. In fact, the owls (like most owls) get scared easily so customers have to behave.
According to Tokyo Times owl cafes like Fukurou no Mise (Owl Shop) and Tori no Iru Cafe (The Cafe with Birds) began gaining popularity in Japan late last year and this summer saw more owl cafes open. Currently there are owl cafes like Fukurou Sabou (Owl Teahouse) in Tokyo, Owl Family in Osaka, and Crew, another owl cafe in Osaka, among others.
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