Has the Dakimakura (Hugging Pillow) Obsession Gone Too Far?

  • OTAKU
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  • Dakimakura (or literally a hugging pillow) is a type of a long pillow in Japan. Some people enjoy hugging teddy bears while others prefer hugging pillows to sleep. One of the popular types of dakimakura are “love pillows” where the life-sized versions of anime characters or celebrities are printed on the pillow cases.

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    It may be controversial as some of the characters pose in a sexual manner or sometimes are even naked.

    Celebrity Dakimakuras

    An example would be this dakimakura of Gackt which is obviously catered to his fangirls. The Premium Edition of Gackt’s single entitled “Akatsukizukuyo (Day Breakers),” comes with a life-sized dakimakura of Gackt, which is a very unusual dakimakura, as the jacket can be unzipped to reveal the upper body of Gackt! This is sure to drive many fangirls wild.

    Talking Dakimakuras

    Committed to please fellow otakus, Koichi Uchimura developed a dakimakura that could verbally respond to your touches! The dakimakura is called Ita-Supo which can talk or moan depending on how or where you rub the pillow. Yes, this pillow is meant to satisfy one’s loneliness and sexual needs. Is the invention of Ita-Supo good or bad? It’s hard to say, bur it is surely a creative invention which might not physically harm anyone, but could help the well-being of one’s mental state. It would probably encourage more otakus to be obsessed with their pillows and marry them, like one guy actually did.

    Dakimakura Spouse?

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    In 2010, a 28-year-old Korean man named Lee Jin-Gyu married the dakimakura which he fell in love with. It was a pillow with the image of Fate Testarossa, a character from the anime series Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. According to a friend, Lee was obsessed with the pillow and would carry it with him everywhere, even to the funfair where he would take rides with the pillow.

    I guess if one only treats the dakimakura like a teddy bear to hug, then there is on harm in it. But let’s face it, it is a little creepy to get married to a pillow!

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