As you may have seen on Instagram over the weekend, I had the pleasure of going with a friend for coffee and cake at an owl cafe! I first came across Fukuro no Ouchi (pronounced oh-oo–chi, not ouchy!) when Chad and I were bumbling around Sugamo waiting for our time slot at Tsuta Ramen, and I had been wanting to go ever since!
There is a little bell outside you can ring before going in. When you are seated in the cafe, a waitress comes up to explain how the cafe works. The cafe charges 1500 yen for one hour, and that includes time with the owls and a drink. You are given a number, and when your number is called you can go in the owl room to touch and hold the owls for about ten minutes. While you wait, you can enjoy a beverage and (for an extra 500 yen) a cute cake. You are also encouraged to peruse the gift shop.
Our call number and some of the cakes available. Also some really informative English 😉
The owl room!
This was my favorite owl. Her name is Milky, and she shares my birthday month of November!
Aren’t they marvelous? I love the one in the top middle–it reminds me of a teddy bear!
The owl in the middle right pictured above was smaller than my hand!
It felt so amazing to hold such beautiful creatures!
Fukuro no Ouchi is about a ten minute walk from Sugamo station, and is open from 1-8 on weekdays (closed Wednesdays) and 12-8 on weekends. For more information, you can visit the Fukuro no Ouchi website (Japanese only). I really enjoyed the cafe, and definitely recommend a visit if you’re in Tokyo!
Yippee! One week after moving into our new apartment, we finally have internet. It took some patience on our part in trying our best to do things in Japanese, and also some patience on the parts of the kind people assisting us, but the important thing is: we did it! 🙂 Now that I’ve got access to internet on my laptop, I’ve got all sorts of posts planned for you. In the meantime, I’ll catch you up on a few fun parts of my week in pictures.Sunday we made omurice, which is basically an omelet filled with tomato-ey rice and chicken. There are all sorts of variations, but we chose an easy (delicious) basic one that provided lots of leftovers for lunch. Yum! Tuesday was a bento night, and I was super excited to find a place that had an EbiKara bento set! The “ebi” part is shrimp tempura, and the “kara” part is karaage (fried chicken). Not necessarily the healthiest, and in this case it was a little burnt, but good nevertheless!
We’ve been drinking a ton of this Kagome fruit and veggie juice. I like it better than V-8 juice, and I think that’s because the base leans more on carrots than tomatoes. It’s always fun to make things fancy by using a little glass to drink from!Speaking of lovely drink-ware, I’ve been drinking peppermint tea out of this pretty mug one of my besties made for me ❤ And speaking of besties, I set up a picture of some of my girls and I in the kitchen (a place all of us love!), along with the first pretty plant of our apartment. I think I’ll be adding more plants soon!Next up: cake heaven. We were spoiled at work, and decided to janken (or rock, paper, scissors) for our choice of cake. Chad got the one above. My partner chose this one, which had coffee and chocolate notes.I got the one pictured above: a light, dreamy strawberry cake. My goal is to be able to make pretty cakes like these by the end of this year!Some of you may have seen this picture on instagram, but we were really excited to see snow in Tokyo. I know everyone in Michigan is rolling their eyes at me, but our experience with snow in Japan is pretty rare, so we had fun with it!Chad was king of the castle on Friday, feeling extremely happy to have a beer at the end of the week 😉I was feeling pretty happy on Friday too, because I have a really fun teaching partner! Love her! 🙂 Last but not least, Saturday night’s snack. Yuki no Yado Senbei (sweet rice crackers) and milk tea ❤
What are some fun things you enjoyed over the last week?