The world has had its fair share of endearing animal cafes featuring cats, puppies, and even owls. But now it’s the hedgehog’s time to shine.
“Harry” (a play on the Japanese word for hedgehog) just opened in the Roppongi district of Tokyo and customers can pay 1,000 yen ($9 USD) on weekdays and 1,300 yen ($12 USD) on weekends to interact with the prickly pets that “scrabble and snooze.” The café boasts more than 20 different types of hedgehogs and it’s meant to raise awareness about the hedgehog as a possible pet:
“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,” Mizuki Murata, an employee, told The Guardian. “The cutest thing about hedgehogs is getting them to finally open up and show you their face.”
Murata also revealed that there is a rabbit café in the same building, which offers customers yet another reason to drop by.
Sadly it doesn’t look like the U.S. will be getting a similar hedgehog establishment anytime soon.