Japanese Bar Employs Monkeys

A Japanese Kayabuki bar in Utsunomiya is attracting attention from tourists due to the fame of its most popular waiters -- 17-year-old macaque named Fuku-chan. Kaoru Otsuka said his first pet monkey, Yacchan, was given to him by an acquaintance several years ago.

He said he brought Yacchan into work with him and he realized the primate had untapped potential one day when he handed Yacchan a napkin and he carried it out to some customers.

Otsuka said Fuku-chan started emulating Yacchan at a young age and he soon had two monkey waiters. The bar owner now has several baby monkeys that pose for photos with guests, but aren’t yet trained in the fine art of serving.