Day 4 : We took a small break from the go-go-go to spend a quiet hour in a small shop tucked away in Akihabara. Akiba Fukurou is a tiny “cafe” that offers visitors 60 minutes of “inside-voices” time with their family of OWLS. The space was dimly lit with classical music playing in the background, and it was lined with about 25 BEAUTIFUL perched owls of varying sizes and breeds.
Akiba Fukurou is one of the newer types of animal cafes that are popping up around Tokyo. First were cat cafes, then rabbit and reptile cafes (separate of course) and now owls. We definitely had some internal pang of worry for the quality of life of these birds, but upon seeing their shop, and learning their systems for days-off and “break-times” for the birds, we realized that the birds seemed genuinely peaceful and healthy. A small word of advice: you will get overwhelmed with love for every single bird. Not every bird that you want to hold will be friendly and other guests will beat you to picking out birds first. Stay calm, enjoy the experience, it’s not a race, they are all wonderful.
From the exhibit: People understand and recognize the world through their bodies, moving freely and forming connections and relationships with others. In the mind the boundaries between different thoughts are ambiguous, causing them to influence and sometimes intermingle with each other. As we immerse and meld ourselves into this unified world, we explore a continuity between people, as well as a new relationship that transcends the boundaries between people and the world. #tokyo