Thursday, July 5, 2012

Katy Perry's cats (for real) and afternoon tea

An episode of "Parks and Recreation" last fall concluded with one of the greatest ideas ever. A newly inducted group of male girl scouts (long story) celebrates their rite of passage with a "puppy party." Just what it sounds like — a party with rented puppies. Ingenious.

This week I had to see the newest pop star biopic, "Katy Perry: Part of Me," for review. Midway through the chronicle of the megastar's world tour, Perry and three friends spend an afternoon at an establishment in Tokyo with a slightly different spin. It's a kitty party!

"This establishment serves tea and coffee while you hang out with cats," explains one of Perry's pals. "They charge you. To sit with cats."

Apparently, the cat cafes are a trend in Japan, where an aging population relishes the chance to dote on four-legged wee ones. At one cafe, a particular cat likes to nip people's milk tea out of their cups.

Great green tea and a bunch of adorable kittens you don't have to feed or clean up after? Schedule me!

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