We went to an owl café! I researched the options and came across Akiba Fukurou, which is run by two of the sweetest, calmest people (owl concierges) who clearly care so much about the owls and their welfare. We were taught how to properly hold and touch them and were only allowed a very slow, one-finger touch to the forehead. No petting or grabbing or anything that would upset the owls. The café was very quiet with strict rules on how many people can be in there at the same time (we happened to drop by when they had a cancellation, which was lucky as we didn't have time to book) and as much silence as possible. They even have signs outside the shop asking people to keep quiet for the owls. A couple of owls had the day off and some had signs saying that they were on break so not too touch them but they could still be looked at. Also, they don't serve any food or drink so all the focus is on the owls and their comfort. They were also playing calming Mozart for the owls. The café was small but I was amazed by how many owls there were. They have a total of 35 (33 different species) and only a couple had the day off. It was a lovely experience and the owls were all really calm and content.
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