In news set to the topple the internet (and Japan's) enduring love affair with felines, a hedgehog café has opened in Tokyo's Roppongi district. Endearingly named Harry (the Japanese nickname for hedgehog) the café offers 20-30 hedgehogs of different breeds that you can (very carefully) handle, if you desire. Housed in glass cages with adorable mini hedgehog-sized homewares, as you can see below, the set-up is squee-inducingly cute.
Charging around $12 (weekdays) or $15.60 (holidays) an hour for a chance to cuddle the spiky little critters, Harry aims to topple any misconceptions about hedgehogs being, well, prickly. "We wanted to show people the charm of hedgehogs, which give the impression of being hard to handle. We wanted to get rid of that image by letting people touch them," says Harry staff member Mizuki Murata.
Since its opening in February, the café has proved popular with Japan's hedgehog-loving inhabitants - even though the critters are not native to the area. But given this is a country that's obsessed with cuteness and was first place to trial cat cafes, with rabbit, dog, bird, owl, snake and goat soon following suit - are you really that surprised?
Want more hedgehog? This cute (and very random) video should do the trick. Warning: If the sight of a hedgehog sitting next to a tiny coffee cup is too much for you, turn away now.