Episode 30 復習編 ボデガ猫と猫カフェ

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Today’s topic: Cats of New York. We’ll talk about a new law that recently came into effect. It protects cats. We’ll also talk about cat cafes and bodega cats. All that and more on today’s episode of The New York Breeze podcast.

今日のトピックは ニューヨークの猫 です。最近施行された猫を守る新しい法律についてお話します。猫カフェやボデガキャットについてもお話します。

come into effect  施行される all that and more   =“We are going to talk about X and other things, too.”

Bodega cats

Bodega” is Spanish for “warehouse.” Bodega is used interchangeably with other terms like ‘deli’ or ‘corner store’. A bodega is another word for ‘convenience store’. But there’s more to it than that. Originally associated with the Spanish-speaking communities of New York, the word bodega has come to be used outside Hispanic communities.

warehouse 倉庫、卸売り店   deli  惣菜屋     corner shop  (街角の)小さな商店    interchangeably   言い換え可能で、 同義語で There’s more to it than that.  それにはもっと意味がある。

「ボデガ」は 倉庫、卸売り店を表すスペイン語で総菜屋や街角の小さな店とほぼ同じ意味でも使われています。コンビニを表す言葉でもあります。でもそれにはもっと意味があるのです。元々はニューヨークのスペイン語を話すコミュニティーの言葉でしたが、ヒスパニック・コミュニティー以外でも使われるようになっています。

When trying to describe a bodega and explain what makes it different, there are a few things… Bodegas often have slightly dusty groceries, their business is driven by locals, and it’s normal for repeat customers to come inside not to buy anything, just to hang out. The proprietor is often behind the register. ♪ Most importantly you should not be surprised to find a cat or a family of cats that reside in the store ♪.      There are a few things.  いくつかお伝えしたいことがあります。  grocery   食料雑貨店   groceries (主に米)食料雑貨品  proprietor   所有者、経営者     reside 住む


There are entire tumblr pages dedicated to this. Check out https://bodegacats.tumblr.com for example.  ボデガキャットにはタンブラー・ページがあります。チェックしてみて下さい。 ここをクリック


Cat Cafes in New York City

Just like in Japan, Cat Cafes are a thing in New York City, too. ♪ Cat people can unwind by renting time to relax with some felines ♪ at any one of these cat cafes: Meow Parlor, Koneko Cafe, and Brooklyn Cat Cafe.

Cat Cafes require reservations and cost about $20 an hour to spend time with a cat. A reservation guarantees time to interact with a cat, destress and enjoy the purr of a happy cat.

Koneko means “kitten” in Japanese. Koneko Cafe in Manhattan has Japanese-inspired events like sake tastings and Japanese cooking classes, and Karaoke but not just any ordinary karaoke. They host Drag Queen Karaoke battles.

be a thing =exist   (When we say that something “is a thing,” it signals to the listener that something has meaning or is not made up. ) 

unwind  緊張を解きほぐしリラックスするーーーーto relax and allow your mind to be free from worry after a period of work

destress  ストレスを解消する  chill out  くつろぐ、リラックスする     *chillaxは Chill とRelaxが一緒になった 言葉。
purr v. 〔猫がゴロゴロと〕喉を鳴らす    n. ゴロゴロと喉を鳴らす音


These cat cafes function as a relaxing cafe space and an animal rescue operation. They offer adoption services, and that way they help connect people with cats for just a short visit or for a lifetime.


Food for Thought  思考力を養う質問    And just consider this: cats have super powers. Can you name some?

猫には驚くべき力があります。いくつか挙げてみて。  猫のスーパーパワー・ここをクリック



interchangeably          There’s more to it than that.     most importantly       reside            felines       unwind     relax       destress        interact with a cat        purr    the purr of a happy cat        Cat Cafes are a thing.              guarantee           kitten             Japanese-inspired events          animal rescue operation       adoption services

    LINKShttps://www.meowparlour.com BROOKLYN CAT CAFE HAS A UNIQUE KIND OF NANNY FOR ITS KITTENS https://youtu.be/PAs_-zXvpYo?t=165 (OMG! Rats work as nannies at this cat cafe in Brooklyn. Start from [2:45] to see the cats being raised by rats.) https://iheartcats.com/10-cat-superpowers/
https://www.animalbliss.com/cats-have-10-super-powers/NEWS SNIPPETSThe Empire State has become the first in the nation to make declawing cats illegal.  https://youtu.be/PAs_-zXvpYo?t=165

How to Interact with Cats

“Amazingly, the cafe uses rats as kitten caretakers. Although the species are usually enemies in the wild, the rats’ natural instincts turn decidedly maternal in this safe and protective environment. According to a story that first appeared on the Huffington Post, BBAWC executive director Anne Levin says the rats spend time with and help out new arrival kittens who are usually orphaned (called the “bottle babies”) and too young for vaccinations, thus necessitating their separation from other cats.”