The owners of Japan’s Usagi-to-Cafe (“The Rabbit and Cafe”) know there’s nothing like starting and ending a day with a good round of rabbit caressing. When patrons visit for a coffee or light snack, they also get the opportunity to pet one of the shop’s 18 “staff bunnies.”
At almost a dollar a minute, the cafe’s bunny-petting isn’t cheap, but the animal-loving patrons don’t mind. As pets are banned in many Japanese apartments, the Usagi-to-Cafe – much like the Cat Cafe Calico covered by Trend Hunter back in April – meets a basic, primal need: playing, cuddling, and caressing a furry creature. This is probably why the shop is packed on weekends.
The Usagi-to-Cafe also offers a BYOB policy, in which rabbit-owners can bring their own pets for bunny socialization. This presumably lets house bunnies mix and mingle with other bunnies and learn the necessary social skills they need to survive in the real world.
Grab a Coffee and Pet a Rabbit at Japan's Usagi-to-Cafe
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