Cat Cafe. Cats are served, not as sides, but as dining companions.

MEOW MEOW MEOW

I LIKE TO HAVE TEA WITH CATS IN JAPAN BECAUSE I’M SHY

By Tomokazu Kosuga

WORDS AND PHOTOS BY TOMOKAZU KOSUGA
TRANSLATED BY LENA OISHI

Cat cafés are huge in Japan right now. As the name suggests, these are coffee shops where cat lovers go to sip overpriced lattes and hang out with an adorable smoosh pile of kitties. In the past five years, exactly 79 such cafés have popped up all over Japan. What’s weird is that the café cats aren’t expensive pedigreed felines like Persians or those other ones with the funny bendy ears, they’re just the everyday mixed breeds you might find in the back lot of your local supermarket, cats who, in the immortal words of Brian Setzer, “slink down the alley, looking for a fight/Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night.” Likewise, in the past few years, there’s been an explosion of photo books and DVDs featuring average-joe cats. If people are so fascinated by what are essentially domesticated alley cats, why don’t they just swoop one up from the legions of strays all over Japan and take them home? I’ll tell you why: because landlords in Japan are dicks.

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Hill Street Tai Hwa Ba Chor Mee

There are some food you like, some you swear by, and some that you live by. I swear, and live by Hill Street Tai Hwa Ba Chor Mee, and may possible die with it if that is what’s necessary to take it into the next life. This Ba Chor Mee holds the power to transform sulky old folks into placated happy kids when slurping on it. That to me, is the power of delicious food.

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Bronte (Food Tasting)

ED: Hidden away in the tranquil hills of Hill Crest through a maze of bungalows, you’ll find a little avenue by the name of greenwood which buzzes of quietly elegant sounds of chattering laughter, clattering cutlery and clinking wine glasses. Bronte is situated in the heart of the residential neighborhood and is popular with the surrounding community, many of whom are regulars. Formality is minimal and there is no need for shirts and ties, as there is no need for white table cloths and candles. Inside, Bronte combines style with a casual and inviting dining space which is bright and airy by day, and softly lit by night. The entrance is inset and open-air, creating a seamless divide with the outside.

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Post Halloween- Bloody Steak

Pardon the theatrical effects as it is Halloween after all. This does indeed look like a CSI setting or a scene from a horror movie with fresh blood splattered everywhere. When it concerns blood oozing from a piece of steak, some quiver at the sight of it, others see red but to me? That is gold. Eating a steak without blood is synonymous to chewing on a tennis shoe. People who prefer their meat well done- Incinerated into leathery, flavorless chunks of carbon are probably not able to tell if what they’re eating is food or a piece of floating rubber from a shipwreck. I am not condemning people who are under privileged  to eat under cooked meat because of medical reasons but I’m merely displaying my tumultuous displeasure towards an over cooked steak. Rants aside, I’m gonna teach you guys how to fire up a succulent piece of steak, and honor this Halloween with the savoring of, blood. *SCREECHING HORROR MOVIE SOUND EFFECT*

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