Amidst the glittering neon lights from the landmark Glico Man, fragrant smells of takoyaki, and troves of folks pacing the streets of Dotonbori, Osaka, sits a happy place for animal lovers. Let’s take an inside look at an owl café – this will be a hoot!
Words and Photography: Irvin Hanni
An animal of many symbolism, owls are considered as one of the most intriguing animals on earth, cuteness factor included. Big round eyes, a heavenly coat of soft feathers, and humorous facial expressions that range from cycnical and austere to confused and hungover – owl-tastic features that makes the world go gaga. However, their nocturnal nature has made it difficult to get close to.
Thanks to the ingenuity of the Japanese who has the foresight to put together cute animals in a cafe, comes another reason to mark Japan as the ‘land of overloading kawaii-ness’ – that’s ‘cute-ness’ for those who are unaware on why the kawaii is a deciding factor in many things Japanese.
“How is this different from a zoo?”, one may ask. Well the variety of owls occupying this place is one thing. There are a snowy owl, a barn owl, a tawny owl, a little owls, and more. Would you be able to take selfies with these birds or stroke their soft heads at the zoo? Nope, you can’t, but you can totally do this here! That’s the beauty of this place.
Entrance fee of 1,000 Yen which will get you one hour inside along with a drink of your choice.
WHERE TO GO?
Lucky Owl is at 2F 1-3-12 Matsumura Building, Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka.
Get on the JR train (Sakaisuji or Sennichimae lines) and stop at Nipponbashi Station, or take the subway (Kintetsu Nara line) and stop at Kintetsunipponbashi Station. Walk two blocks north, turn left and walk straight until you see a big owl sign on the right. You won’t miss it!
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