Japanese Cat Cafes Are More Fashionable Than Ever

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We’re entering the next phase of cat cafes. It’s fancy.

Until recently, the vast majority of cat cafes have been rather simple, no-frills operations. That’s not to say they’ve looked, I dunno, ugly, but many of them have been run out of bland-looking spaces. The aesthetic focus has been the cats and cleanliness, not the cafe’s design.

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There have been exceptions, like Tokyo’s Temari no Ouchi, which looks like a cat cafe as envisioned by Studio Ghibli.

As FashionSnap, Kawacura, and Japan Trends report, this month, a new “designer” cat cafe opened in Harajuku, one of Tokyo’s most fashionable areas. Called MoCHA, the cafe also has stylish branches in Shibuya and Ikebukuro.

MoCHA Harajuku

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MoCHA Shibuya

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MoCHA Ikebukuro

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At these cafes, visitors are charged 200 yen for every ten minutes. All you can drink soft drinks are 350 yen, while cat treats are 500 yen. The chain has written its rules about handling the felines in clear, concise English to ensure the animals can enjoy their time with international visitors.

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You can read more about MoCHA here.

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.