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Wonder If They’ll All Be Named ‘Sonic’?

See that fluffy-looking little ball to the right of the Hedgehog Palace? This is what your new pet will look like during daylight hours.
See that fluffy-looking little ball to the right of the Hedgehog Palace? This is what your new pet will look like during daylight hours.

The newest pet craze to hit Tokyo: hedgehogs. For full enjoyment of your new pet, it would be best to adopt a schedule that includes all-night video gaming, as they are primarily nocturnal and will Assume The Position (shown above) for most of the day. Also, although they look cuddly, that fluffy-looking fur is actually spines. Just sayin’.

The chronically adorable little critters are being sold right now at the Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, along with all the equipment you need to keep your very own live Sonic. They even sell bags of Hedgehog Chow! Although they’re not as insanely expensive as puppies and kittens, these little dudes will set you back about ¥30,000 each.

Better hope they don't turn their noses up at it and hold out for fresh insects, snails, toads, snakes, bird eggs, carrion, mushrooms, grass roots, berries, melons and watermelons. (Which is what they'd be running to the super for if they were foraging for themselves, according to Wikipedia.)
Better hope they don’t turn their noses up at it and hold out for fresh insects, snails, toads, snakes, bird eggs, carrion, mushrooms, grass roots, berries, melons and watermelons. (Which is what they’d be running to the super for if they were foraging for themselves, according to Wikipedia.)

If you’d like to visit Tokyu Hands the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

If you can’t adopt an adorable hedgehog from Japan, the next best thing is reading a novel set in Tokyo

“A genuinely gripping crime thriller which wrong-foots and perplexes the reader throughout, drawing us in emotionally . . . Highly recommended.” Raven Crime Reads

For nine years, Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura thought his mother’s death was an accident. Then he gets a call, and his life begins to unravel. Because if it wasn’t an accident…what was it? Read more

Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

3 thoughts on “Wonder If They’ll All Be Named ‘Sonic’? Leave a comment

  1. It’s crazy the things that make it to fad status here.

    We’re still in the process of taming our wild beast. Major milepost: she sat on my lap this morning!

    • Really? YAY! That gave me a burst of happiness! I’ve been following your journey with this wild kittycat, and admire how patient and understanding you’ve been. It’s hard to live in a small space (read: any Japanese apartment) with a restless animal that’s far from tamed. How lovely that The Twitch is coming to understand your generous heart and trustworthiness!

      • Thanks, Jonelle. You’re sweet. It’s been an uphill battle, but we will make it eventually. At least she’s quiet at night. A friend recently adopted a stray and his latest antic is doing olympic dash laps around her futon in the middle of the night. Yikes!

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