A hedgehog cafe has just opened in Tokyo and we definitely need to move to Japan –
We’ve been considering moving to Japan for a while. Mainly because they have over 200 varieties of Kit Kat. But also because they do Katsu sandwiches. And of course there’s the Cherry Blossom festival.
But this has made our minds up.
They now have a hedgehog cafe in Tokyo. Called ‘Harry’, a play on the Japanese term for hedgehog, it opened last month and has queues around the block most days. Naturally.
It’s located in the Roppongi entertainment district and is home to around 30 hoglets, who spend their time either dozing in their glass houses, or meeting their public.
For a bargain 1,000 yen (£6.50) on weekdays and 1,300 yen (£8.50) on weekends, visitors get to spend an hour playing with and cuddling the hedgehogs (spikes allowing).
Hedgehogs aren’t an uncommon house pet in Japan, incidentally.
‘All of these hedgehogs are friendly even though some of them might spike you,’ said 11-year-old British visitor Anna Cheung (seen in the middle below).
‘We wanted to show people the charm of hedgehogs, which give the impression of being hard to handle,’ added Mizuki Murata who works in the cafe. ‘We wanted to get rid of that image by letting people touch them.’
‘The cutest thing about hedgehogs is getting them to finally open up and show you their face.’
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re just off to investigate Japanese working visas.
A hedgehog cafe has just opened in Tokyo and we definitely need to move to Japan