Get the double entendres out of your mind:
Lola – or Rora – to give her a slightly more Japanese pronunciation – is a beauty and she knows it.
Customers pay by the hour for her company. Usually they just want to stroke her, but as a special treat for favoured clients, she will lie back in a chair, close her eyes and pose for photographs.
Lola is a Persian cat who works at the Ja La La Cafe in Tokyo's bustling Akihabara district. It is one of a growing number of Cat Cafes in the city which provide visitors with short but intimate encounters with professional pets.
When I called, there were 12 felines and seven customers, mostly single men…
It costs about Â£8 ($10) an hour to spend time in a Cat Cafe.
Here is the article, courtesy of Marco Haan; other Japanese markets are discussed as well, including the renting of pet beetles.