Edo Cat Cafe closure postponed as 50 cats still need foster parents

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

Back in June, the Edo Neko Chaya opened in Tokyo, but unlike many other western-style cat cafes in the capital, this one was styled on a traditional chaya, or teahouse, with gorgeous interiors inspired by ukiyo-e woodblock prints.


Cats of the Edo Neko Chaya could be seen enjoying multiple areas representing aspects of daily life in the Edo Period, such as the Neko Nagaya (Cat Tenement Building), Neko Yukaku (Cat Pleasure Quarter), Neko Furo (Cat Public Bath), and Neko Jinja (Cat Shrine), with the only downside being that the cafe would be open for a limited time, from June 15 to Aug 31.


However, the magical ukiyo-e world proved to be so popular that the closure was postponed until Jan 27, 2019, with Edo Neko Chaya hoping that all 50 of their current feline residents will be able to find forever homes during this period.


So far, nine of their rescue cats have been adopted, but in order to help spread the word about the remaining 50 in need of foster parents, Edo Neko Chaya is offering a 100-yen entry discount for people who tweet out a message about their plight with the hashtag #江戸ねこ茶屋里親募集中 (Edo Neko Chaya is currently looking for foster parents).

▼ Ame and Abu are just some of the felines currently waiting for forever homes.



A full list of cats available can be viewed on their Facebook page, and the team behind the cafe are asking for people to share the photos posted there in the hope that all their cats will soon be able to find foster parents.

Entry to the Edo Neko Chaya costs 1,500 yen for adults and 1,200 yen for junior and senior high school students, which covers a 60-minute visit, although 20-minute extensions are available for 500 yen.

The entry fee goes towards covering the cost of hiring staff and caring for cats at their current location, with a portion of proceeds donated to welfare groups working to protect cats. Visitors can also purchase a variety of original goods at the cafe, with proceeds going towards feline welfare programs.


Regardless of whether or not you’re planning to visit the cafe, everyone can do their bit to help by spreading word about the foster parent program at Edo Neko Chaya. It’s only open until 27 January, so we seriously hope that all these rescue cats will be able to find their forever homes soon!

Cafe information

Edo Cat Cafe / 江戸ねこ茶屋

Address: JR Ryogoku Station westside event plaza, Tokyo-to, Sumida-ku, Yokoami 1-3


Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Until Jan 27, 2019


Read more stories from SoraNews24.

-- A guide to Tokyo’s best cat cafés

-- Cat cuddles for a cause: New rescue cat cafe plans to open soon in Tokyo

-- Japanese cat cafe shut down permanently by Tokyo government for animal welfare violations

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Spread the word, share the links, so that awareness of the suitability of adoption of rescue cats increases. People think negatively of rescue cats, due to ignorance.

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I hear they're hiring over in Tsukuji...

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Oh my, husband might come home from his business trip to find our family has expanded...Abu!

People think negatively of rescue cats, due to ignorance.

All the rescue cats my family owned were gems, smart and affectionate, the dog too.

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The real tragedy is the pet industry.

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Cats just drive you crazy with emotion ? These a reason for that and there is no cure but most don't mind one bit. TOXMO what you should know

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Rescue cats is a good name for them coz you are rescuing them from the gas chamber. Hundreds of cats are put down every month in Japan. I have an allergy to cats, so I won't be taking any of them.

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