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It's the Year of the Rooster—So We Went to a Bird Cafe

2017.03.01

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2017 is the Year of the Rooster. Coming between the Monkey and the Dog, a pair which traditionally symbolize strife together, the Rooster represents peace—so we decided to search for some spiritual tranquility in "Kotori Cafe Omotesando," an establishment in Omotesando, Tokyo, whose name literally means "little bird cafe."

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A bright interior full of little birds

Our guide was the model Kotori (her real name—although written with different characters than the word kotori meaning "little bird"!). Kotori had a pet canary when she was a girl, and has always loved animals.

We found the cafe in Aoyama's antique district, and were immediately struck by its stylish and brightly lit retro interior.

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You might expect a "bird cafe" to have feathered friends flitting back and forth through the air, but of course that wouldn't be very sanitary for an establishment serving food. The birds are in cages, and mostly just there to look at. Customers who would like to play with the birds can do so in a special space designed for that purpose, though—see later in this article for more!

 

Next page: "An avian paradise with 25 feathered inhabitants"