STORY Sep 25, 2015
 

Owl Cafes are

A sea of birds
A sea of birds
I was taking a walk near my house late last year when I felt like I saw something rustle very intensely in the corner of my eye.

I hurried back to where I saw this rustling and saw a hawk. I also saw someone drinking coffee near the hawk while petting an owl.

Some of you may have no clue what I'm talking about. What I had witnessed was something that was going on inside of a cafe.
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Bird cafes are "in"

I actually knew that such stores existed.
But I had no idea that one where you could have coffee while petting birds had opened in a location that is a five-minute walk from my house.
A store with glass doors located along a big road
A store with glass doors located along a big road
"Tori no iru Cafe" (A cafe where the birds are) - A very simple and self-explanatory name.
As simple as "a samurai with a topknot" or "a dog that is like a cat".

At this point it is obvious what lies beyond the glass.
I look inside and see the birds glaring at me. It actually looks like they're all ready to hunt me.
They're staring at the entrance!
They're staring at the entrance!
A harris's hawk greets me at the entrance. Although the hawk is small, its gaze is exceptionally fierce. That's one handsome bird right there.
Contrary to its fierceness, he has a cute name : Pi-chan.
Contrary to its fierceness, he has a cute name : Pi-chan.
A spotted-eagle owl scopes out his visitors
A spotted-eagle owl scopes out his visitors
A bus station is located right in front of the store, and the people who were awaiting the bus were all looking inside the window.
I guess you can say that this is one of the best bus stops in the metropolitan area as one would never get bored waiting for a bus here.
Here, one wouldn't mind waiting for hours and hours for the bus to come.
Here, one wouldn't mind waiting for hours and hours for the bus to come.

The splendid reception by the "bird staff"

Just watching the owls and hawks from outside the store is enjoyable enough.

But for further satisfaction, you must go inside, where you can witness the warm welcoming by the "bird staff".
Warm welcome # 1: A sleepy-looking owl that fits in your palm.
Warm welcome # 1: A sleepy-looking owl that fits in your palm.
Warm welcome #2 : A caique sits on your shoulder.
Warm welcome #2 : A caique sits on your shoulder.
These two birds are both male. The sight is sure to melt the hearts of bird-lovers.
These two birds are both male. The sight is sure to melt the hearts of bird-lovers.
The trending adorably ugly African Gray. It's actually a baby, although it looks pretty old.
The trending adorably ugly African Gray. It's actually a baby, although it looks pretty old.
So, how about it? Do you want to be welcomed warmly by these lovely birds?

10 "bird staffs" are permanently stationed in the store. You may be able to pet or hold these birds (Please note that you may not be able to if the store is too crowded).

The staff members may change, as some may leave the store for various reasons, such as to be adopted by someone.
An owl that sits on your arm!
An owl that sits on your arm!

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