It’s a full time job;
de-stressing humans, through play.
Cuddles, but no pay.
Cat cafés are big business in Japan. Time and space limited workers are fond of taking an hour out at the end of the day to pet and cuddle a cat. (Rabbits are popular too.) But there are other reasons why the Japanese go mad for cats; folklore says they bring good fortune, they’re cute, and they make good cartoon figures.
We stumble across a cat café in Azumino City and can’t resist trying it out. We are given two menus – one food related and the other feline. And then, an hour of petting, playing, chasing and tickling. The kids love it. “I didn’t imagine it would be so popular,” says Yoko Oguchi, who opened Cats and Café last month. “My husband and my sister love cats and after retirement we want to live with many cats. This is our dream.”