1. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  2. Social Media: TikTok
  3. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
  4. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  5. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  6. Empress Wu
  7. Game review: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
  8. Review: Hallyucon
  9. Concert review: Crossfaith at Patronaat
  10. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  11. Interview: LOVEBITES
  12. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  13. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  14. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  15. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  16. Drama: Meteor Garden
  17. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  18. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  19. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  20. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  21. Moon festival
  22. Band: LOVEBITES
  23. Chinese Traditional clothing
  24. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  25. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  26. Review: Wish
  27. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  28. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  29. Book: The White Book
  30. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  31. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  32. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  33. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  34. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  35. Artist: Hanggai
  36. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  37. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  38. Produce 101 China
  39. Crossfaith (interview)
  40. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  41. Food: Ramen
  42. Artist: Jackson Wang
  43. Special: BTSXARMY
  44. SPECIAL: BTS
  45. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  46. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  47. 10 years of SHINee
  48. Drama review: Erased
  49. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  50. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  51. Artist: Miyavi
  52. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  53. 10 Korean Proverbs
  54. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  55. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  56. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  57. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  58. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  59. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  60. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  61. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  62. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  63. Religion in Japan
  64. C-Pop
  65. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  66. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  67. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  68. Boygroup: GOT7
  69. Artist: BABYMETAL
  70. Online shopping in China
  71. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  72. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  73. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  74. Boygroup: Day6
  75. Drama Review: Last Friend
  76. Valentine’s day in China
  77. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  78. Valentine’s day in Korea
  79. Valentine’s day in Japan
  80. Terracotta Army
  81. Beauty in Korea
  82. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  83. Chinese New Year
  84. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  85. Review: Snackfever subscription
  86. Cat Cafe
  87. Religion in China
  88. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  89. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  90. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  91. Review: Kaomoji
  92. Chopsticks
  93. Drama Review: Save Me
  94. LGBT in Japan
  95. Artist: Zhao Lei
  96. The power of BB Cream
  97. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  98. LGBT in China
  99. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  100. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  101. Rental bikes
  102. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  103. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  104. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  105. The Three Sovereigns
  106. LGTB in South Korea
  107. Japanese street food
  108. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  109. Mumun Pottery
  110. Boygroup: SF9
  111. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  112. Izanagi & Izanami
  113. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  114. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  115. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  116. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  117. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  118. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  119. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  120. Halloween in Japan
  121. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  122. Halloween in China
  123. Halloween in Korea
  124. Social Media in China? No!
  125. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  126. Camera Japan Festival
  127. Movie Review: Noise
  128. Heungbu and Nolbu
  129. Konpeitō
  130. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  131. Chinese Street Food
  132. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  133. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  134. Jeulmun Pottery
  135. Boyband: NEWS
  136. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  137. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  138. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  139. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  140. Review: Hite
  141. The Rising Sun Flag
  142. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  143. Drama review: Hwarang
  144. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
Monday, December 10, 2018
  1. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  2. Social Media: TikTok
  3. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
  4. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  5. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  6. Empress Wu
  7. Game review: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
  8. Review: Hallyucon
  9. Concert review: Crossfaith at Patronaat
  10. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  11. Interview: LOVEBITES
  12. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  13. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  14. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  15. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  16. Drama: Meteor Garden
  17. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  18. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  19. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  20. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  21. Moon festival
  22. Band: LOVEBITES
  23. Chinese Traditional clothing
  24. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  25. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  26. Review: Wish
  27. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  28. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  29. Book: The White Book
  30. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  31. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  32. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  33. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  34. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  35. Artist: Hanggai
  36. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  37. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  38. Produce 101 China
  39. Crossfaith (interview)
  40. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  41. Food: Ramen
  42. Artist: Jackson Wang
  43. Special: BTSXARMY
  44. SPECIAL: BTS
  45. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  46. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  47. 10 years of SHINee
  48. Drama review: Erased
  49. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  50. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  51. Artist: Miyavi
  52. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  53. 10 Korean Proverbs
  54. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  55. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  56. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  57. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  58. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  59. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  60. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  61. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  62. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  63. Religion in Japan
  64. C-Pop
  65. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  66. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  67. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  68. Boygroup: GOT7
  69. Artist: BABYMETAL
  70. Online shopping in China
  71. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  72. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  73. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  74. Boygroup: Day6
  75. Drama Review: Last Friend
  76. Valentine’s day in China
  77. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  78. Valentine’s day in Korea
  79. Valentine’s day in Japan
  80. Terracotta Army
  81. Beauty in Korea
  82. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  83. Chinese New Year
  84. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  85. Review: Snackfever subscription
  86. Cat Cafe
  87. Religion in China
  88. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  89. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  90. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  91. Review: Kaomoji
  92. Chopsticks
  93. Drama Review: Save Me
  94. LGBT in Japan
  95. Artist: Zhao Lei
  96. The power of BB Cream
  97. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  98. LGBT in China
  99. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  100. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  101. Rental bikes
  102. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  103. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  104. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  105. The Three Sovereigns
  106. LGTB in South Korea
  107. Japanese street food
  108. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  109. Mumun Pottery
  110. Boygroup: SF9
  111. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  112. Izanagi & Izanami
  113. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  114. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  115. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  116. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  117. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  118. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  119. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  120. Halloween in Japan
  121. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  122. Halloween in China
  123. Halloween in Korea
  124. Social Media in China? No!
  125. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  126. Camera Japan Festival
  127. Movie Review: Noise
  128. Heungbu and Nolbu
  129. Konpeitō
  130. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  131. Chinese Street Food
  132. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  133. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  134. Jeulmun Pottery
  135. Boyband: NEWS
  136. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  137. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  138. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  139. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  140. Review: Hite
  141. The Rising Sun Flag
  142. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  143. Drama review: Hwarang
  144. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
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The very first cat cafe was opened in Taipei Taiwan in 1998 it was named “cat flower garden”. This cafe was visited a lot by tourists. Since then it has blossomed to very large proportions in Japan. resulting in the opening of the first cat cafe in Osaka in 2004, Neko no Jikan (Cats time). A year later the second cafe opened in Tokyo. After this the concept boomed across Japan and up until 2010 seventy nine cat cafes have opened and up until 2017 it has grown to 150 active cafe’s.

The concept
After having picked a cafe (of stumbled across it as I usually do) and have entered you will usually be greeted warmly, you can chose how long you want to stay, usually it’s about half an hour minimum and you pay for it. You get a lanyard/card with a customer number and a locker or space to put your shoes and put on a pair of slippers, and you get to enter the room.

Usually you’re instructed to not force a cat or grab it in any way because the cats get their own pick if they want to be pet or played with and well… the chance of being scratched is much larger if you force a cat to do something you don’t want to do. Both your safety and the cats safety is first.

Around the place are usually a lot of toys, beds and places to hide in. I’ve been to a few where you can also simple plug in your laptop and play games or read one of the books or manga they have stored around in the shop, you can also buy cat treats if you want to be sure of attracting a horde of cats. Usually you have to buy at least one beverage as well which you get to drink there. Most places also provide food, cakes or sandwiches but bigger cat cafes like the famous Calico cat cafe in Shinjuku also sell full meal sets. (Omurice or curry, sometimes also ramen. ) this however is divided from the cats area by a window. You can still sit and watch the cats who are usually quite interested in what you have to eat and will watch you while you eat the delicious food.  When the time is up you can either pay for longer, tell them to pay afterwards is also a thing or take your stuff and begrudgingly leave and leave the glorious balls of fur behind.

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The reason these cafes are so big is because a lot of the patrons coming there aren’t allowed by their apartment complex to have pets, the place is too small or they don’t have money or time to own a pet other than maybe a fish. Though it’s becoming more and more common to have pets in (the big cities in) Japan still the popularity of these cafes seem endless. I think because also allergies play a big part in this, it’s better to not own a pet even though you’re crazy about it and going to a place for a short while to play with them.

Other animal cafes have been opening up all over Japan as well; there are dogs, hedgehogs, owls, snakes, rabbits, birds and goats cafes. ( in Seoul, Korea there is also a raccoon cafe).
Along Europe, America and Oceania there has also been multiple cafe’s opened.
In the Netherlands you can find 7 different cafes and I’m sure it’s worth to check them out.

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Health
In the United Kingdom animal charities disagree on whether or not cat cafes are a suitable environment for cats. They criticise them for keeping a large number of cats in a confined space with a revolving population of people. It would create stress and health issues for the cats. But that’s why there are rooms and hiding places throughout most cat cafes where visitors can not come. There are specific cat ladies/men who do the cleanings for litter boxes, the caring of the cats and also people who generally watch if everything goes well.

Most of the places also have security systems/cameras everywhere keeping eye on the people and the cats for both of their safety.

My thoughts
I absolutely love cat cafes, I’ve never been to anything else than a cat cafe but while I was living both in China and Japan and felt stressed or lonely/homesick I would go and play with the cats, have them nap on my lap or hung out with a couple of friends while I was there and always felt much better after leaving a cat cafe.

I haven’t been to a cat in the Netherlands though because I own two cats and a dog myself and they give me all the love and companionship I need. but if I wouldn’t I’d spend a lot of times at these types of places.

Sources: video is by The Guardian, header picture, Cat eaten by snake and cat cafe view in Shibuya picture made by me.

 

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