The Save Owl Cafe
Akiba Fukurou Project
60 days left
Akiba Fukurou was our dream as a married couple. We both loved owls, and owned a number of owls already. Rather than the feeling of raising animals, it was natural to us to treat them like family.
My previous occupation was wedding planning and bridal photography. I thought by combining my skills from those jobs and my enjoyment of Mozart and chandeliers, I could create a one-of-a-kind, marvelous space.
Animal welfare is, to put it briefly, when “an animal is sufficiently healthy both mentally and physically, happy, and in harmony with their environment.”
We respect that animal spirit, have a deep understanding of every owl species and their ecology, and value the notion of animal welfare, a critical part of ethology.
This philosophy has been well-received and thus far we have welcomed 100,000 guests from over 90 countries. We have thousands of online reviews thanks to their support.
On TripAdvisor, the café was awarded Travelers’ Choice—the highest honor.
We were also selected as first place in Japan for “Top Activities and Tours by International Travelers” in 2019 and 2020 for two years in a row.
Owl care has been our highest priority from the very start. As such, we run our café in a way that limits the number of people.
We live together as a family 365 days a year.
However, we no longer have guests from overseas and visits from domestic guests have tapered to next to nothing due to COVID-19. Our revenue has dramatically decreased.
Despite not having sales, we had the ability to make payments for expenses such as our owls’ rearing expenses, rent, and utility bills for half a year. Unfortunately, with no sign of the pandemic coming to an end, it has become extremely difficult to continue running the cafe itself in this state.
Our 36 healthy owls eat hearty meals every day, even when we have no guests. That is a very joyful thing in itself, but the expenses for their food alone costs approximately 5 million yen annually.
Of course, we cannot maintain the owls’ everyday lifestyle with food expenses alone. Our expenses also include rent, electricity, and water bills. The owls may sometimes get sick or injured, so medical and treatment fees are also necessary. There are numerous expenses that guests don’t see and maintaining the owls’ lifestyle alone comes out to over 1 million yen every month.
We have received many sweet messages from guests around the world during times that were incredibly stressful, when we were about to lose hope. “I want Akiba Fukurou to stay open!” We’ve truly realized how much Akiba Fukurou has been loved by everyone.
Our feelings for our owls won’t change!
Even in this situation, we will do everything it takes to protect the owls we have raised like our own children since they were babies.
We wish to be a café where you can have a wonderful experience once the world returns to normal.We strongly believe so.
– Food expenses for our 36 owls
– Miscellaneous expenses necessary for owl care (potty pads, medical fees required for health exams, etc.)
– Store rent
– Utility bills
When donating, you have a choice of 3 types:
– Donation Type
– Delivery Type
– Cafe Visit Type
We will never give up, even if we’re struggling! It is with this conviction that we’ve launched our crowdfunding campaign.
I hope that someday soon we and our owls will be able to welcome guests again, with flawless preparation.
Once things have settled down, we would appreciate it if you could come to see the owls!