You should know that Japan suffers from many social problems, especially young people who isolate themselves like hikikomori and also otakus. The result of this is the fall in Japanese birth and relationship problems in Japan. Of course, not so do these young people with social problems stop having romantic interests, although these interests are completely different. Most of them fall in love with fictional characters from anime, manga and games. One of the way they use to relate is dakimakura.
Dakimakura (抱き枕) is a Japanese word that literally means body pillow and can refer to any body pillow or Dutch wife. Only this term became popular in the West as the pillows with sexy prints of anime characters. With dakimakura, finally otaku can embrace their favorite anime characters.
How did the Dakimakura come about?
Dakimakura are also called love pillow or love pillows. They have existed for decades in Japanese culture, mainly in the form of anime. It was in the 1990s that a set of adult pillows appeared, with prints of several anime characters, with light images to the most perverted. Soon this phenomenon spread rapidly in forums such as 2chan, pixiv and many others.
Online establishments and physical shops have begun to create and stamp pillows with thousands of different characters. Many associate these pillows as a sexual object, but some use only as a sprucor or as something to embrace at night.
Another term that was used for this pillow besides a Dutch wife was chikufujin meaning “bamboo wife”. The main sizes of dakimakura are 150 to 160cm long by 50cm wide, with a circumference of 100cm. It is common to find only the cover of the pillows for sale, so many end up buying various prints.
A very polemic and common event is yome to no bansan or dinner with waifu. They are romantic encounters where otakus take their dakimakura pillows for dinner. These romantic encounters take place mainly on Christmas Eve which is considered Valentine’s Day in Japan. Many share photos of these meetings on forums and social networks.
They’ve invented dakimakuras who even speak or groan. For the otaku pillows is one of the only ways they touch their beloved characters. Some have already taken their dakimakura to stroll in amusement parks and go on roller coasters. You’ve heard cases where people even married with these pillows. And for those who think that only the Japanese are crazy at this point, there are several Westerners who have accepted the passion of their favorite characters.
Why have a dakimakura?
I see nothing but the bad reputation that these pillows have gained due to some erotic prints or shame unrelated in public. Pillows are cool and comfortable to hug and sleep, even doctors indicate using pillows from body to column. And there’s nothing unusual to stamp or have objects, clothes, posters of characters or famous ones we like. Of course everything has a limit!
If you want to have a dakimakura, know that there are thousands of prints on the internet for yourself to print and make your pillow of love. I bought 20 reais fabric and went on a printing company and paid about 20 reais to print on the fabric, already the body worm or pillow cost about 50 reais. What do you think? Do you have the guts to wear a dakimakura? You think it’s weird and controversial? We thank you for the shares and comments!