“Rabbits can comfort people without words.” This is the idea behind the so-called “rabbit cafes”, places where more and more Japanese customers cuddle bunnies while sipping a cup of coffee or tea.
Such a place is Usagi Cafe Ohisama in Nagoya, where the owners have brought about 30 rabbits to entertain the clients.
Japanese have been even more receptive to rabbit cafes in the last year, because of the recent natural tragedies, explains Maria Fuwa, the manager of the cafe. “There are wounds that human beings can’t treat but the rabbit can,” she says.
In most Japanese rental apartments animals are not allowed. This means that young, single-dwelling workers in their 20s and 30s can’t even think about getting any pets, despite the fact that they’re stressed out and are seeking comfort and companionship of some kind.
The animal cafe business has already seen launches of reptile and cat cafes, or monkey bartenders, but with more than a dozen bunny cafes opening only last year, the rabbit seems to currently be the star.