We are booking our tickets to go to Japan's first hedgehog cafe
Well, guys, it’s time. I’ve threatened to move to Tokyo before when I first learned of their adorable cat cafes, and now it looks like it’s time I better pack my bags because the city is the home of the most adorable new trend in animal cafes: a hedgehog cafe! Squeeeeee.
The 20 or 30 hedgehogs at Harry — a play on the animal’s name and the word for needle in Japanese — hang around in glass tanks while their visitors wait outside in line to cuddle them for a charge of 1000 yen ($9) on weekdays and 1300 yen ($12) on holidays. Visitors, upon entering the cafe, are greeted with a list of different breeds available to meet.
Adorable 11-year-old British tourist Anna Cheung commented: “All of these hedgehogs are friendly even though some of them might spike you.” The same could be said for humans, Anna– metaphorically speaking, of course.
Cafe worker Mizuki Murata told The Guardian, “We wanted to show people the charm of hedgehogs, which give the impression of being hard to handle. We wanted to get rid of that image by letting people touch them…The cutest thing about hedgehogs is getting them to finally open up and show you their face.”
Naturally, people cuddling hedgehogs isn’t going to stay a secret for long in the Internet world. Social media users are already flocking to share their images from Harry and with their new special pals.
There’s even a cute video about the cafe; man, how much does it cost to fly to Japan??
Frankly, I think the cutest thing isn’t the hedgehogs– though those are adorable– but rather the looks on the patrons’ faces when they finally hold the hedgehogs. Their awe (and awww)– it makes me smile, every time.