Bird lovers of a feather flock together at the Owl cafe in Tokyo. Roselle Chen reports.
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For those looking for their own owl experience on par with the world of Harry Potter, they need go no further than the Owl Cafe in downtown Tokyo.
The cafe has anywhere from 20 to 30 owls at any given point for visitors to touch, pet and even put on their heads.
Store co-owner Shin Ishikawa says the appeal for visitors is that they get to interact with animals that have an almost mystical appeal.
SOUNDBITE: Shin Ishikawa, Owl Cafe co-owner, saying (Japanese):
"In a sense, owls are this sort of extraordinary animal that exists in the ordinary world."
Opened in 2012, the store, which is kept dark to protect the eyes of the owls, now has long lines of people waiting to register for an hour time slot to have coffee, tea or even a beer with the birds.
The owners take the owls home every night because they're worried about earthquakes and about the nocturnal animals bothering neighbors with their hooting in the night.
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