Owls are not a common pet in America, and you would certainly never see one being sold in a pet store, but they are surprisingly common pets in Japan. You will occasionally see a pet store selling these guys.
You will often see owl-themed products such as phone charms and stationary, and they are very popular. This is because owls bring luck and offer protection from suffering. In Japanese the word for owl is “fukurou”, which sounds very similar to “fuku”, meaning luck or fortune. Because of this play on words, owls have attained a reputation as lucky charms and continue to represent luck today.
There is an owl cafe in Kichijoji, Tokyo, where you can learn about different owls and have one fly onto your arm. You can drink tea and have an owl cookie afterwards as well. It is a cute little place if you are interested in these creatures.
I think owls are very cute and intelligent creatures, but I don’t know if I like the idea of keeping one as a pet. They are predatory animals with instincts that drive them to hunt and fly over large distances. Small Tokyo apartments would not be an adequate place to keep one. But all in all, I enjoy spotting these cute animals when they happen to be around.