Cats, rabbits, owls, dogs, parrots, snakes, goats…..and now hedgehogs. These are just a few of the different themed cafes you can visit here in Tokyo. They’re as varied as they are ethically questionable. I know of a place, too, where you can go if beavers are your thing….but we’ll say no more about that for now!
So anyway, we finally visited ‘Harry’, a hedgehog-filled shop in the gaijin-heavy Roppongi district. It’s not quite a café, although you can get a drink if needs be. It’s a little on the pricey side at ¥2,000 per hour (plus tax), plus you have to pay extra to use your camera, or buy hedgehog feed. You’ll need to book online in advance too as it’s a very popular place:
It was in interesting and unique place. The hedgehogs are very cute, although I don’t think they’d make good pets personally. You could quite easily mistake one for a slipper, for example, and that could be painful! It left me questioning the experience more than anything else, however. Hedgehogs are nocturnal and keeping them up all day to be gushed over didn’t sit too comfortably with me. I’ve no doubt that they’re looked after properly in the café, and then loved by their new owners once sold. But there was something about Harry that didn’t quite seem right somehow. Still, it gave me great pleasure in seeing Maz covered in hedgehog urine at least!