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Hedgehog cafe opens in Tokyo


04-08-2016 13:06 BJT

You will never feel bored living in Japan because so many people have cute and interesting ideas. A hedgehog cafe has now opened in the capital of Tokyo that allows residents and tourists to touch and pet the spiky creatures.

Hedgehog cafe opens in Tokyo

Hedgehog cafe opens in Tokyo

There have been queues to get in to have a coffee with 20 to 30 hedgehogs of different breeds. An hour with the prickly pets will cost them 1,000 yen -- or 9 US dollars.

Hedgehogs have always been a very popular companion for Japanese people, despite not being native to the country...

"We wanted to show people the charm of hedgehogs, which have the impression of being hard to handle. We wanted to get rid of that image, by letting people touch them," said Mizuki Murata, 23-year-old staff member.

"There have been queues outside the store since we first opened and we've had to keep people waiting at times. We're happy to have had a lot of reservations."

The cafe's name "Harry" is a play on the animal's name in Japanese, as "hari" means needle in Japanese.

Hedgehog cafe opens in Tokyo

Hedgehog cafe opens in Tokyo

"All of these hedgehogs are friendly even though some of them might spike you," 11-year-old visitor Anna Cheung from UK said.

"It's very rare to see a hedgehog. The only way for my children to see a hedgehog is to come to a place like this. That's why," said Kimberly Russel, mother of two daughters.

"I really like hedgehogs, and I've been collecting hedgehog products. My house is up in Miyagi (prefecture) and over there you can only encounter hedgehogs in pet shops, so I looked this up and came here," said Miho Takaoka, 24-year-old resident.

Animal cafes are not rare in Tokyo -- there are already cat, rabbit, owl, hawk and even snake cafes in the city.

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