Add this to the ever growing list of strange things in Japan, like the Gundam Cafe, Gundam Hotel, and Vampire Cafe. According to Tokyo Times, Owl cafes like Fukurou no Mise (“Owl Shop”) and Tori no Iru Cafe (“The Cafe with Birds”) began gaining popularity in Japan last year, and so far, more of them have opened up in Tokyo. Some of the cafes actually allow their customers to hold the birds while they enjoy their drinks. Their menus also include owl-themed snacks. Continue reading for more pictures.

Although owls may be regarded by many people as being cute pets, experts warn that raising an owl inside the house might not be a good idea.

“Our basic advice to those who may be considering keeping an owl as a pet is – Do Not,” said one U.K. owl sanctuary. The sanctuary added that owls are noisy, smelly, and warned that, they can be dangerous.

Aside from that, owls are nocturnal animals that have to be kept awake during the day for the customers.