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Dien Rice April 19, 2012 01:12 AM

Another unusual business from Japan!
 
Japan seems to be a good source of unusual businesses, as well as generally wacky trends (as seen from our perspective)...

Here's another one... It's...

...Cat Cafes !

What is a "cat cafe" you may ask?

It's a cafe, where you can drink your hot beverage of choice, in a room full of...

...Cats!

They charge 1,000 Japanese yen per hour per customer... That comes to around $12.30 per hour (in US dollars) to spend your time at the cat cafe.

You are not allowed to hold the cats, just pet them.



(Photo comes from here...)

Here's where you can find out more...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/vid...cat-cafe-video

http://travel.spotcoolstuff.com/japa...ants/cat-cafes

http://www.japanprobe.com/2012/04/18...-until-1000pm/

https://www.google.com/search?q="cat+cafe"

Apparently the idea originated in Taiwan, but has become quite successful in Tokyo, Japan, where there are several "cat cafes"...

Would this work in the "West"?

There are hygiene laws, which may affect whether animals are permitted where you would serve food or drink. There could also be "animal welfare" laws you'd have to be aware of. So the overall idea could need a little "tweaking"... I'm sure it would be possible, though. (You'd have to think it through, and make sure you comply with local laws. There's usually a lot of regulation when it comes to businesses that handle food for human consumption...!)

One factor in its success may be that most people in Tokyo live in apartments, where it can be hard to keep pets. So this idea may be better suited in areas where there is a lot of apartment living, and where it can be hard to keep your own pet...

- Dien

Robert J. April 19, 2012 10:52 PM

Re: Another unusual business from Japan!
 
A business idea with nine lives!

I wonder what it would be like to try to get funding for that venture?

Thanks, Dien!

Phil April 20, 2012 06:46 AM

Re: Another unusual business from Japan!
 
Dien,

Thanks for Pointing out these Cat Cafe related Stories...

If you ''Actually'' {Dig} into Google and/or Your very Favorite Key Word Brainstorming Tools & Ideas...

Some very interesting related ideas... Brainstorming, Domaining into the Wonderful industry of Pet businesses, investments etc....

As Discussed on SowPubs throughout Many past threads...

Industry Statistics & Trends - the American Pet Products Association
http://www.americanpetproducts.org/p...strytrends.asp
Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures. Year Billion. 2012 $52.87 Estimate. 2011 $50.96 Actual. 2010 $48.35 2009 $45.5. 2008 $43.2. 2007 $41.2 2006 $38.5 ...

Another Quick story...

Change that to Long, Detailed and Informative... Might Give Some A Few more Ideas to Consider Getting into...

A Couple years Ago, I spent about 3 Months living/vacationing/ kinda working/doctor visiting in Seattle, WA...

As some might know, I just Live across the Ocean from Seattle on Vancouver Island...

Anyways, back To Cats! ...

Because we were Traveling for about 3 Months we needed To Take our ''Partly Human'' Maine Coone cat with Us to Seattle...

Yes! Across that wonderful USA Border, Extremely interesting experience with A Team of US Customs officials Asking 101 Questions about Our Travels...

Even Tried suggesting some Vacation Time, Renting our place to the Leading Customs official...

Actually a pretty Nice Guy overall...

As they Sometimes say, it's Not what You Know... But it's Who You Know...

All Kinds of CAT related Questions and Lots of Other Questions and Communications including Whale Watching in Seattle etc...

Why Whale Watching in Seattle when You Have your Own Whales in Canada EH? :) Was just 1 of the Many endless questions and Testing issues regarding my entrance into the US with Our Maine Coone Cat...

Great Hunters, as some Might know, mice, rats, rabbits... Beautiful Cats for Breeding too, Especially ''Boy' Maine Coone cats...

Unfortunately, our Boy is Aging, around 16 Now, Diabetic on 2 Human Insulin needle Shots daily, Drinks tons of water etc. etc...

To Make a Long Story Short and How it's Somewhat related to Cats Cafes...

In Seattle, don't know Too much about other US Cities, Definitely not in Canada Due to Heath related issues...

But in Seattle you Can Bring Pets, Cats and Dogs, not just Special Pets For the Disabled But Any Pets...

Into Grocery stores, On Buses, Into Drug stores, pharmacies and Many other Social type Events and Places...

So we Ended up Purchasing a ''Cool'' Pet Sling carrying All 18lbs or So of Him Around in Many Places...
http://pet-supplies.drsfostersmith.c... ivision=cats

Huge Attention Getting ''Galore'' and All Kinds of Comments and Communications, Petting etc...

Financial and Misc. business opportunities, Donations etc... ;)

Quick View on the Breed...
http://www.google.com/search?q=Amazi...NcWTiQK5mbm5Aw

Cats Cafes if You Happen to Be Thinking about it For Seattle etc. etc...

Health Approved! Well Thought-out Enclosures of some Sorts just Might Do it and Allow it Past All the City and Government Red Tape...

Commercially wonderful, Amazing Cats, Petting Lovers, Tea... Coffee...

Especially Pet... Cat Treats... Dog Cookie Marketing... Tasting... Testing with Ongoing Samples Daily...

Great $$$Money making... Revenue Generator(s)! ...

Wheeling! Dealing! Negotiating ... Branding... All Kinds of Pet Related ideas, business models and Concepts...

Social Connections Too! ... Simply Walking, Marketing & Advertising through-out Endless Green Spaces, Parks etc...

Add A Nice Mix of Creativity into My overall Story and Just Start Brainstorming! ...

At the Same Time... Bought A Whole Bunch of ''Seattle''' Geo-Locally related Domaining investments and Ideas...

Endless Possibilities still Available for Just about Any other World-wide Geo-Locally related Domaining investments and Ideas...

Just in case you're interested! Simply...

''Actually'' {Dig} into Google and/or Your very Favorite Key Word Brainstorming Tools & Ideas...

Definitely! ... Do your Research and Homework Extremely well...

Pay Really Close {Attention} To Google Adwords Advertisers etc... on The Right Hand side... No Matter the Specialized Area of Interest or Business Types...

Get innovative & Creative in Developing your Business models, Communications, ideas etc. etc...

You'll be nicely ''Surprised'' (At) All the [Untapped] Untouched Monetization, methods, opportunities and possibilities still ''Left Hanging Around'' just Waiting for those Fresh New & Applied business models to Kick into Place! ...

Hope! Even, Just A Few Get Something out of My Quick little Cat Story!

Off to Research more into ''Cats Cafes'' world-wide, Domaining and A few other Up-And-Coming Booming... Happening Trends!

All the Best...

Phil


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