A Cup of Tea and Thou Besides Me…..Published January 4, 2008
"I wonder if I could get a job at the Calico. See, I'm friendly." It’s such a great idea; I wish I’d thought of it first. But I didn’t…a Japanese cat lover by the name of Takafumi Fukui from Tokyo, Japan did. Yup. He quit his job and opened a café. So what? Well, these are no ordinary cafes. These are sip-some-tea-and-pet-a-puddy-cafes. "Hey, maybe I could disguise myself. I do a really good cat imitation. I'd LOVE to go to Japan. An article in Reuters by Yoko Kubota explains that Fukui saw a need and filled it. Seems tight housing regulations forbid many renters to own pets; so Fukui figured he’d offer pet-less people the chance to hear a purr or get their leg rubbed up against by a host of puddies in a clean facility they could drop in at at anytime, and enjoy a cup of tea, to boot. "I wouldn't mind being a Calico Cafe employee. Sign me up." For about seven bucks an hour, cat lovers can go to Cat Café Calico in Tokyo, (one of three such purr-fect tea/cat houses) and…after a thorough hand scrubbing…visit, pet, and play with one of fourteen well-groomed, friendly, on-staff felines, who love the visitors almost as much as the visitors love them. "Is it cold in Japan? Sounds great. But I can't go if it's cold...No coat...see?" Visitors are ecstatic, and some spend as much as three hours, relaxing with their favorite puddy. Does anyone know where I can get a cheap flight to Japan? What do you think of the idea? Comment or write me at feedback@Petside.com Subject: Kitty Tea House. Can't make it to Japan? Click to read about new Pet Rental Services in America.
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