Today, we started off with a relaxing visit to one of Tokyo’s cat cafes, Hapi Neko, in Shibuya. For 1300yen per person we got an hour in the company of a bunch of cats and a nice cup of tea.
Some people may argue that this kind of showcasing cannot really be in the cats’ best interest, but the cats at Hapi Neko really seemed to enjoy the attention. There were also strict rules regarding feeding (human food was forbidden) and you were also not allowed to lift the cats, or otherwise stress them in any way. There were designated places for the cats to hide if they got tired of your company, and big signs stated that waking up a sleeping cat was strictly prohibited.
Before we were let loose with those wild furry creatures, we had to take off your shoes, disinfect your hands and leave our bags in the door. Then we sat down in one of the pink couches and had our tea.
The cats were very cute, but the most interesting thing was to watch how all the Japanese were wowed by the spoilt four-legged creatures, and how they paid attention to every move the cats made. Hapi Neko was really such a nice place. The place was very quiet and you quickly forgot all about Shibuya’s noisy streets just outside. Our one-hour cat date thus went much quicker than expected, and we were ready to hit the streets for Harajuku, which I will write about tomorrow.