This floating cafe, otherwise known as the ferry, has an open upper deck to take in the scenery (Photo: Bonson Lam)

Amanohashidate Bird Cafe

All Aboard the Floating Bird Feeder

Bonson Lam   - 1 min read

This is the bird cafe at Amanohashidate. Actually, you won’t find any signs saying “bird cafe” and your fellow passengers won’t give anything away as you take the ferry from Amanohashidate to Ichinomiya on the other side. On the way back, everything is revealed. You see packets and packets of Calbee fried prawn crackers for sale, but nobody is eating them. Then, as the ferry takes off, dozens of seagulls follow the boat. You go to the upper deck, and see them all trying to catch the prawn crackers as the passengers throw them up in the air. Like seals eating fish at the zoo there is a feeding frenzy. I never knew seagulls liked the taste of prawn crackers. It is a race between nature and man as these birds fly bravely to catch up with the speeding boat, a race that they can’t win.

Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric laneways of Kyoto last century.  I am humbled to have met many distinguished people during this time, especially the national living treasures of Japan, such as the doll maker to the Imperia...