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Castle of Owls/
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The star attraction
at the new branch of
Castle of Owls,
which opened in
Harajuku on Septem-
ber 2015, is a lit-
tle owl called Bolt.
After his lunch of
raw quail meat, Bolt
likes to take a
little siesta. Un-
like the other owls
who sleep standing
on one leg, Bolt
likes to stretch out
and lie down on the
comfy fake grass for
a bit of shut-eye
(well, one eye any-
way). According to
the staff, this
behavior is usually
only exhibited by
chicks in the safety
of the nest, and
shows that Bolt is
completely relaxed
and unafraid of
predators.

Bolt is not the only
character at the
cafe. A rare Aploma-
do falcon called
Burt loves nothing
better than old
newspapers which he
tears up with beak
and claws into tiny
strips, like an old
curmudgeon sickened
by the endless ce-
lebrity gossip that
passes for news
today. In a corner
of the shop, a two-
month old barn owl
chick still in its
fluffy baby feathers
leans on a broom
like a bedraggled
drunk sleeping it
off in an alley. A
tawny owl called
Moggly is the
friendliest bird in
the place, and he
chirp-sings with joy
and closes his eyes
when his head is
stroked.

We were lucky to
arrive just after
feeding time on a
recent Monday after-
noon, and the joint
was jumping. Rock
eagle owls and
horned owls were
squawking and flap-
ping on their
perches, making it
very obvious that
they were still
hungry. The staff
gave us a little
bowl of raw meat
morsels to feed some
of the smaller owls,
and it was a real
hoot to see the tiny
pallid scops owl
grab a big chunk in
its claw to nibble
on later. Beside
him, a big tawny owl
swallowed a similar
chunk whole.

Like the new breed
of owl cafes, Castle
of Owls is a casual
place. No reserva-
tions are required,
and after reading
the rule poster (in
Japanese and English
with helpful comic-
book illustrations)
and paying the Y1500
fee, you are free to
spend an hour strok-
ing the owls, photo-
graphing them and
even handling a
couple. Entrance fee
includes a soft
drink. For an addi-
tional fee, you can
buy a bowl of quail
meat to feed the
hungry owls.

Castle of Owls has
no English signboard
outside, but it's
easy to find because
it's in the same
building as the
Tokyo Snake Center.

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Shibuya-ku, Jingu-
mae 6-5-6, Sanbo
Sogo Bldg 503. 
Open 11am-8pm (last
entrance 7pm) daily.

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