In Tokyo’s Cafes, A Real-Life ‘Hello Kitty’

Travel Blog  •  Julia Ross  •  04.09.09 | 10:59 AM ET

Looking for love in Tokyo? Why not skip the red-light district and head over to one of the city’s cat cafes, where $9 an hour will get you all the feline affection you crave. Over tea, customers can feed and play with a selection of breeds featured on “cat menus” that list name, gender and birthday. According to GlobalPost, the cafes are growing in popularity among harried urbanites, in part by marketing themselves as great date spots.

Though I’m not a cat person (I grew up with black labs and maintain a love for big dogs), I’d prefer an hour in one of Tokyo’s cat cafés over an evening at a Taiwanese toilet restaurant anytime.


Julia Ross is a Washington, DC-based writer and frequent contributor to World Hum. She has lived in China and Taiwan, where she was a Fulbright scholar and Mandarin student. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Time, Christian Science Monitor, Plenty and other publications. Her essay, Six Degrees of Vietnam, was shortlisted for "The Best American Travel Writing 2009."


10 Comments for In Tokyo’s Cafes, A Real-Life ‘Hello Kitty’

Grizzly Bear Mom 04.12.09 | 7:43 AM ET

This is a great idea!  You get something to cuddle, lower your blood pressue, etc, and don’t have to incur the responsibilities (or allergic reaction) of a full time tabby.  Meeting a potential honey is a side benefit.  Now if they would just open a Hello Kiddie time share for busy folks who want a cute kid without the responsibilities…

Hello Kitty Checks 09.01.09 | 1:30 PM ET

I wish they had these in the US as with any animals they make you feel a lot better when you are down.

We had our dog visit our local senior care center and it did wonders for lifting the spirits of the residents. You would be surprised at the power of a little animal love!

thailand travel 11.23.09 | 2:25 PM ET

Can you go to thailand? Go to bangkok ? We have animals they make you feel a lot better when you are down.

Dofollow 01.24.10 | 9:18 PM ET

This is a great idea!  Now if they would just open a Hello Kiddie time share for busy folks who want a cute kid without the responsibilities… Thank you,,

kdl40z5500 01.25.10 | 6:30 AM ET

I wish they had these in the US as with any animals they make you feel a lot better when you are down.

interactiveshaq 02.01.10 | 3:12 PM ET

We had our dog visit our local senior care center and it did wonders for lifting the spirits of the residents. You would be surprised at the power of a little animal love!

Hello Kitty Pendants 10.13.10 | 1:57 PM ET

Would be great if they had these in San Francisco where stress abounds. Sounds like a good business opportunity, too.

Andrew Vernon 03.28.12 | 5:47 AM ET

It might be interesting to visit one of those themed love hotels in Japan, but I think this cat restaurant can also provide an equally interesting experience. The perfect place for cat loving couples!

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