This year has been wonderful! There have been a lot of good changes in my life. Big and little things; from graduating to getting a haircut. I've traveled a lot, got a new job and got more into fashion & photography. There is A LOT I wanna share with you! I traveled to Japan on August and spent 20 wonderful days there, I've been meaning to write about my trip (which I will) and I'll start with my experience visiting a Neko (cat) Cafe.
One evening, after a day of shopping I decided to look for a well known Cat Cafe located in Shibuya, Happineko. I looked for it for about half an hour, but couldn't find it. Addresses in Japan are complicated and can be difficult, even for locals. These are given within a district rather than along a street and building numbers are not necessarily consecutive. I asked some locals and the police in a koban (police box) but failed to find the place. I stopped and tried to find it with google maps when a japanese couple approached to me asking if i needed help. I was saved. They took me to a Cat Cafe alright, but not the one I was looking for. And I was so pleased about it because there were no tourists at all and I was able to experience it like a local.
Weekend Cats is a small cat cafe in Shibuya, the room is very cozy and quiet. The floor is made of wood and there's a tatami in the middle. There are tons of toys and places for the cats to sleep. The rules were given in japanese but by the images I saw there were a few cats with a pink collar that shouldn't be touched. The price for half an hour is about JPY 1,500 ($15) and one can spend playing or watching the cats. By the time I got there (approximately 6pm) the cats were playful and running around, so it was fun watching them play with each other. The price includes a drink, hot or cold, a chocolate and a small biscuit. Being a cat lover, I really enjoyed spending time with other cats besides my own and of course taking pictures.
Cat Cafe's are becoming more popular outside of Asia, I read the first one in Spain will be opening on october 15 this year. The world's first Cat Cafe was opened in Taiwan in 1998.
And the first one in Japan was opened in Osaka in 2004.