Reuters reports that, “Customers at ‘Harry’—a play on the animal’s name in Japanese—have been lining up to spend time at a bright room in the Roppongi entertainment district where 20 to 30 hedgehogs of different breeds scrabble and snooze in glass tanks.”
An hour of hedgehog time will set you back $9 on weekdays and $12 on weekends and holidays—obviously a bargain for a room full of hedgehogs that “scrabble and snooze.”
“We wanted to show people the charm of hedgehogs, which give the impression of being hard to handle. We wanted to get rid of that image by letting people touch them,” explained Mizuki Murata, who works at the cafe (as well as a nearby rabbit establishment). Just be sure to wash your hands very, very thoroughly.
Tokyo is now approximately one goose in a blue bonnet away from offering a full-service experience to Beatrix Potter super-fans.