This guy goes by Wasabi and I don’t think he likes me very much. He resisted perching up on my shoulder, wouldn’t pose for a photo — I mean look at how grouchy he looks here — and he beat me at a staring contest in less than a minute. Wasabi and his other friends mean business when it comes to staring contests, and I quietly accept my defeat.
An owl cafe. What a weird concept. Honestly, I expected nothing less from such a unique city. Japan is also home to cat, rabbit and hedgehog cafes, all of which do a really good job at making your visit a memorable one.
The owls come in various sizes and species, from tiny to huge, including a great horned owl with large sharp claws and an impressive beak (which Joyce was brave enough to hold! See below). Each bird has a tether around one foot, which you hold in your gloved hand as they perch on your arm. Sleek and clear-eyed, the owls seem calm and timid despite the fact that the tiny room is crowded.
Joyce and I lucked out in finding this owl cafe. We stumbled into an information center to take a break from the hot sun and ended up getting a good deal on our visit with the owls. We paid $15 (instead of the usual $25) to spend one hour with the owls, quenched our thirst with some apple juice and left with a souvenir.