September 21, 2016
VISIT

Tea Time With Falcons
Falconer’s Cafe

鷹匠茶屋

Falconry makes its appearance in Japanese history quite often. It was favored by people such as Emperor of Japan to military commander of that times. Falconer is a person who takes care and train the captured falcons. The tradition is still on going. Falconer’s cafe is a place where you can have some tea looking at various falcons. It is owned by Mr. Sasaki, who of course is one of the falconers in Japan. The cafe opened about 5 years ago near Inokashira park. Hearing the rumors, many of the falcon and animal lovers are heading to this cafe from all over the world. If you have your own training falcon, then you can bring your falcon partners with you to this cafe. This must be appealing to falcon lovers.
日本書紀にも登場し、天皇や武将たちが好んだ鷹狩。その鷹を育て操る人を鷹匠と呼び、その伝統は今も受け継がれている。そんな鷹匠のおひとり佐々木さんが営むのが、猛禽類を見ながら過ごせるカフェ。5年ほど前に、井の頭公園の近くにオープン。うわさを聞きつけた、猛禽類好き、動物好きという人が国内外から訪れている。自分で猛禽類を飼育している人なら、連れて行くことができるところも猛禽ラヴァーにはたまらない魅力だ。

Getting Healed by Falcon Eyes

Walking passed the Inokashira park for 20 minutes from JR Kichijoji station, that’s whereabout the cafe is located. With its original flag of Falconer’s Cafe, you can already see some falcons welcoming you from glass window. Capturing with piercing look and sharp claws, falcons seem to be aggressive animals. However they change into very charming birds once you enter the cafe.
Mr. Sasaki was always with his partner falcon since he was just a child. He then started training himself as a falconer from the age of 10. Whenever he was practicing his partner falcon to fly at a park, many people came to him to talk. That lead into a big community of falcon lovers. He then decided to open a cafe where people can hang out together with their partner falcons.

Mr.Sasaki owns about 20 falcons in total. In the cafe you can have a look at about 6 of his falcons over a glass window. Just to note you here, this cafe is not a place where you see a falconry shows inside. Another thing to mention is that you cannot touch any of the falcons in the shop. Extra care has been taken for falcons to not feel any stress. Things like taking photos with flash light, waving at them, and unnecessarily catching their attention are also prohibited.

猛禽類のつぶらな瞳に癒される

JR吉祥寺駅から、井の頭公園を抜けて徒歩20分ほど。鷹匠茶屋の旗と共にガラス越しに鷹が出迎えてくれる。するどい目つきで獲物を狙い、するどい爪で捕獲する。鷹は獰猛な生き物というイメージを持っていたが、店に入った途端にかわいい鳥に変わった。
店主の佐々木さんは、子どものころから鷹を飼っていて、10代のころから鷹匠としての経験を積んできた。公園で鷹をフリーフライトさせていたところ多くの人から声をかけられるようになり、猛禽好きが集まるコミュニティができた。自分のパートナーである猛禽類を連れて集まりくつろげる場所が欲しいとカフェを開業するに至った。
店内に入るとガラス越しに佐々木さんが飼育している20羽ほどの中から、6羽前後の鷹やはやぶさを見ることができる。店内を鷹が飛び回る、鷹狩のショーが見られるという店ではない。また、店内には他の動物カフェとの大きな違いは、鷹に触ることができないこと。鷹にストレスを与えないためにもフラッシュ撮影、鷹に手を振る、鷹の目を追わせるといった注意を引くような行為は禁止されている。

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Admiring Falcons

In the cafe you will notice decorative dishes with falcon drawings hung on their walls. There are also books about falcons which are for every one to read. Any falconry equipments, and other accessories using falcon feathers are also available for purchases. If you make an appointment, you can purchase falcons at this cafe. They will teach you how to feed them and how to take care of the falcons afterwards.

Apart from normal coffee and beer, they have menus such as Harris’s Curry, Eagle Ginger, Owl Cheese Toast, that brings in some names of birds of prey into the menu names. Their most popular menu Harris’s Curry is a pork curry which you can taste the balanced amount of onions’ sweetness and spices.

Of course you can enjoy the cafe menus, but the main attraction of this place is that you can have a look at falcons in close distance. Many of the visitors come for that reason. All eyes are on falcons. “There is no other places where you can see the birds which reign at the upper surface of birds kingdom. I do fancy becoming a falconer, but in real life I cannot afford to live with them. So, I can be happy by looking at these falcons here.” One of the visitors of the cafe says so. Once you enter the cafe you will be busy taking photos of falcons, realizing they all have different sizes of eyes and beaks. You may also not want to forget to talk about their various body structures with your friends. At one moment falcons are all wild, but some point they become sweet and tender. This is the trick falcons use to keep us attracted.

鷹やはやぶさを愛でる幸せを体感

店内には、鷹が描かれた絵皿か飾られ、猛禽類に関する書籍は誰でも読むことができる。鷹匠に必要な道具や羽を使った雑貨などもあり、購入することも可能。また、予約制になるが生体の販売も実施。餌の作り方や世話の仕方なども指導してくれる。
コーヒーやビールなどのドリンクのほか、ハリスカレー、イーグルジンジャー、みみずくチーズトーストなど、猛禽類の名前を冠した食事メニューも用意。一番人気のハリスカレーは玉ねぎの甘さとスパイスが程よく調和したポークカレーだ。
カフェとして食事やお茶を楽しむのももちろんだが、ここに来る人の目的は鷹やはやぶさを身近で見ること。食事やお茶はそこそこに、皆の視線は鷹たちに注がれる。「鳥の中の頂点にいる鷹がこんなに近くで見られるところは他にはないです。鷹匠には憧れますが、現実では飼うことができません。見ているだけで幸せになります」と女性客。一羽ごとに目や口ばしの大きさ、全体のフォルムについて友達同士で語り、写真を撮る。野生味あふれる姿でありながら、時折見せるかわいらしい仕草に、メロメロだ。

An Amusing Cafe For Falconers

There is a splitting glass wall between the cafe space and a breeding space. All falcons are calm, and it is very often when they roar or move their faces. They just tap their wings few times a day. Though, you get into looking into each of their tiny movements. Owls, also birds of prey, are nocturnal birds where people tend to think they have peaceful minds. Apparently they are fierce animals. On the other hand falcons are active during the day and sleep at night. They can prevent themselves from being targeted from their enemies by letting their surrounding animals know they are “in the act of hunting now.”
Reason why the cafe is located near the Inokashira park, is because it’s easy to do the flight practices whenever. There is no fixed schedules for falcon’s flight practices. If you are walking by the park and see the falcons flying then you are really lucky.
Unfortunately you cannot see the falcons fly inside the cafe, but it is closer enough to see them. Even in zoos you may not be able to see them this close. Falconers’ Cafe is one amusing spot for falcon lovers.

猛禽好きのためのアミューズメントカフェ

飲食スペースと飼育スペースはガラスで隔たれている。鷹たちはとてもおとなしく、時々鳴いたり、顔を動かしたり、羽をバタつかせたりする程度。だが、その一挙手一投足に目を奪われてしまう。同じ猛禽類でもフクロウは夜型で、おとなしいように見えて実は獰猛なのだとか。それにくらべ鷹は昼に活動し、夜は寝る。獲物を狙う際は「これから狙うぞ」というサインを出すので狙われないようにすることもできるのだそう。
井の頭公園の近くにお店があるのは、フリーフライトができるように。フリーフライトの日時などは決まっていないので、公園散策中に出会えれば、めちゃくちゃラッキーだ。
飛んでいる姿は見られないが、動物園でもここまでは近づけないという至近距離から、鷹やはやぶさを眺められる。「鷹匠茶屋」は、猛禽類を愛する人たちのアミューズメントスポットのようなカフェだ。

SHOP INFO

Falconer’s Cafe

Address: 1-11-8, Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo
Tel: 0422-57-7762

Opening Hours:
12:00~19:00 (18:30Last Order)

CLOSING: Mondays, Tuesdays (will be open in case of national holiday)
*Recommended to book a table before

URL: falconerscafe.web.fc2.com

鷹匠茶屋

住所:東京都三鷹市下連雀1丁目11-8
TEL:0422-57-7762

営業時間:12:00~19:00(18:30LO)
定休日:月曜・火曜(祝日の場合は営業)
※予約が望ましい

URL: falconerscafe.web.fc2.com

writer / YOKO MAEDA
photographer / TOMOHIKO TAGAWA

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