Stressed? Pat the Bunny (That's What They're Doing in Japan!)

Suzanne Murray

bunny cafes stress japanExercise. Take a bath. Meditate. Go to a spa. Have a glass of wine. I can't tell you how many times I've heard these tips given as ways to ease stress. But here's one I've never heard: Pat a rabbit.

Bunny cafes are the latest craze in relaxation in Japan and they're popping up all over the country. The cute cafes are places where the chronically stressed can go to relax ... by cuddling with rabbits. (It costs about a dollar a minute to cuddle the bunny of your choice.)

But playing with bunnies isn't the only thing you can do at the Rabbit Cafe, you can also buy rabbit-shaped pottery and dolls, and eat bunny-themed food.

One customer told the BBC, "They're different from stuffed animals as well as from dogs or cats. They feel as fluffy as cotton and I feel so relaxed when I'm cuddling them."

The owner of one Rabbit Cafe says the rabbits are taught to be amenable so you can play and cuddle with them as much as you want.

What do you think? Would cuddling and petting a rabbit help soothe the stresses of your daily life? Would you pay to do it? How do you de-stress?

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