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Dakimakura are large Japanese pillows on which are represented anime characters. The term comes from "daki" which means "to cling" and "makura" which translates to "pillow".

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Dakimakura are huge Japanese body pillows with a case on it. This cover usually depicts an anime character in lying position. Many Japanese anime fans are crazy about these hugging pillows. They are now part of the waifu culture, but you can also find male or yaoi dakimakura covers online.

You can find the largest selection of dakimakura in Japanese online shops. In the past, it was really difficult for international anime fans to import their Japanese body pillow to their country. Many dakimakura sellers only speak Japanese or only accept Japanese payment methods. Moreover, some of them do not ship abroad because this kind of hugging pillow is difficult to send to foreign countries.

But that's over now! White Rabbit Express is here to buy and ship the best dakimakura from Japan directly to your door. That's our job, and you will enjoy it!

Where can I buy a Japanese hugging pillow?

In Japan, there are many specialized websites that offer a variety of dakimakura: anime or video game characters… you choose!

Frequently asked questions

Since when do dakimakura exist?

The influence of otaku culture on pillow covers began in the 90’s, when Cospa, a Japanese clothing company specializing in cosplay, began printing images of popular male and female characters on pillow covers.

What is the meaning of dakimakura?

Dakimakura is the combination of two Japanese words: “Daki” which means “to cling” and “Makura” which translates to “pillow”. This terms literally describes the primary use of this item: a body pillow you can cling.

What are the most common dakimakura dimensions?

It exists two major dakimakura dimensions:

  • 150cm × 50cm (59 in × 19.6 in).
  • 160cm × 50cm (63 in × 19.6 in).

We usually recommend the bigger size, because it perfectly fits most dakimakura covers.

How to make a custom dakimakura?

Some websites offer you the possibility to create your own dakimakura with the pictures you’ve selected. You just need to upload your images of Miia of Daily Life With A Monster Girl, D.Va from Overwatch, or 2B from NieR Automata. Then, these companies will print your favorite character pictures on a body pillow, you’ll be able to clutch before sleeping.

How to wash a dakimakura?

Hand wash is the best method to wash your dakimakura. But it’s also the most time-consuming way to clean your waifu pillow. You’ll just need a basin, bleach-free detergent, and a toothbrush. Firstly, put the detergent in cold water, then immerse your cover in the soapy liquid. Use the toothbrush to erase stains. After this operation, just let your body pillow cover in the water for 30 minutes. Rinse your dakimakura cover with clear water.

The second method requires a washing machine with a delicate cycle and bleach-free detergent. Directly place the cover in the washing machine and add the detergent in the right compartment. Set your washing machine on the delicate mode and on the coldest temperature.

In any case, remember to not use a dryer. Just hang dry your waifu.

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