Greedy Eyes for Greedy Catz

Last January Neko Ja-la-la, the first “cat cafe,” opened in Akihabara. They offered six (now eight) top breed and well tempered cats in a small but soft and cushion-y environment set to ambient jazz and classical music. 500 yen buys 30 minutes of kitty playtime and unlimited photo ops. Drinks, including a nice variety of coffees, teas, juices, and beer, are also available at an additional but reasonable cost.

On a visit in January most clientèle seemed to have never interacted with cats. The staff kept showing us and others how to pet a cat; all customers I asked were not cat owners. Considering the small living quarters of city dwellers combined with often strict pet policies, it’s not at all surprising that the invention of a pet space was necessary for curiosity seekers to have first contact with domestic cats. In turn, it’s not at all surprising that policy had changed by February, mandating appointments for weekend and holiday visits due to the apparent surge in popularity.

On April 26 a competing store opened on Chuo Dori, the main shopping street in Akiba – though their official grand opening was May 3. Greedy Catz, with glitzed-out “deco” style graphics and website, is potentially the “idol-kei” variation of the cat cafe. Though 300 yen (500 yen on holidays and weekends) buys 30 minutes of cat-time, there is also a one drink minimum order. With a second story venue, a signboard rests outside to attract and guide potential customers. They offer later hours as well.

Batsu and Maru are currently organizing a thorough investigation of Greedy Catz in order to test this hypothesis. More information on any new developments will be made available as soon as possible.


  1. Jarrod said,

    June 3, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Maid guy loves cats :3

  2. Jarrod said,

    June 3, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Hmm…there was supposed to be a picture to go with that first comment…ah well..i’ll repost it on myspace :)

  3. scott said,

    June 30, 2008 at 10:38 am

    the number of humorous comments i could make are limitless but i will restrain myself to just asking do they frown on heavy petting?

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