Located in Shiga-ken’s Omihachiman’s old town district, there lives a cat who gets famous because of his way of saying thanks to the human who adopts him. This approximately 1 year old cat is named “Rabu” (らぶ), or “Love” in japanese and he lives with the owner of Cafe Nonno (町家 Cafe NONNO / カフェ ノンノ).
The reason behind his rise of fame is because he voluntarily becomes the protector of Cafe Nonno and resembles a maneki neko.
Love was adopted by Cafe Nonno’s owner. According to the owner, Love was found as a lost cat in front of a nearby museum. The owner took the cat home and gave him a temporary name called Rabu/Love because of a heart shaped pattern on his nose.
While the owner waits for Love’s possible former owner to claim the cat, he brings Love to work and back on daily basis. The owner noticed that Love enjoys observing customers and pedestrians by sitting outside the cafe, as if Love is guarding the cafe.
Love gained a lot of attention from customers and passerby. Everyone praises Love being cute and loyal. Love’s adorable behaviour makes human enjoy snapping picture of Love in front of the cafe and then tweet or post to social networking sites.
Nobody claims Love back. Cafe Nonno’s owner decided to make Love as the official resident of his house and also the guardian of the Cafe. Cardboard stations, food and drinks, pillows and cat friendly items have been set up in storefront to keep Love comfortable.
Some may think that the owner might be forcing the cat to stay outside of the cafe, but the truth is Love is volunteering to stay there. This is because the owner also owns other cats but only Love is interested in being the guardian.
The owner also added that Love loves to butt-in in between the owner and costumers, trying to join in the human conversations, and also snatching attention when the owner is socializing with his other cats.
To know more about Love and Cafe Nonno, visit their blog here.