More Heart-Stopping Thrills At The Cat Café


Yes, it would appear that all over the world, people are people, and cats are cats. I recently went to the Calico Cat Cafe in Shinjuku with two of my classmates and once again experienced the adrenaline rush of being ignored by dozens of cats as if they were my very own! I have to admit, though (SUCKER!) they were pretty cute while doing it.

Customers are admonished not to pick cats up or disturb them while they’re sleeping, so, uh, going there mid-day was pretty much like going to the cat zoo, since all cats were asleep except for the ones making a beeline for the customers who bought food for them. The free market at work!


This is my shelf. Don’t even think of disturbing my slumber, infidel.


Let’s pretend if I can’t see you, you can’t see me either.


Hey you! I’m awake! Where’s my food?


Cats come running to greet their favorite customers. Haha, I lied. Actually, it’s dinnertime!

If you’d like to visit the Calico Cat Cafe in Shinjuku the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & a map are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback

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