What would make a bad day better? Or a good day flat-out amazing? How about a one-hour snuggle with a hedgehog? Yeah, that would do the trick.
If you're planning to visit Tokyo anytime soon, you can find out at the recently opened hedgehog cafe, Harry. The cafe gets its name from the Japanese word for hedgehog, harinezumi. "Hari" means needle.
Animal cafes aren't new to Tokyo, a city that boasts cafes dedicated to cats, rabbits, owls, hawks and even snakes. But this is the first hedgehog cafe, and its owners are hoping the concept will introduce customers to the sweet side of these spunky pets.
“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,” said cafe worker Mikuka Murata in an interview with The Guardian. (Incidentally, Murata works at a rabbit cafe in the same building.)
For about $9 per hour on weekdays and $12 per hour on holidays and weekends, customers can get their fill of hedgehog cuddles and get to know these curious creatures. There are about 20 to 30 hedgehogs of different breeds snoozing away in glass cages at Harry. And Murata says there has been a line of customers out the door since the cafe first opened in February.