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WHAT DOES DAKIMAKURA MEAN
Looking at our pictures, you don't know what it is? Let's analyze the word: Dakimakura in Japanese is written: (抱き枕). It is composed of the word 抱き(daki) which means to cuddle, to embrace, to hug affectionately and 枕(makura) which means pillow. In short, a cuddly pillow or a pillow to simply cuddle.
WHAT IS A DAKIMAKURA?
It's hard to see on a computer, but all our products are rectangular pillow covers of about one meter and up to seven meters for the biggest ones, like the De Miia version of the anime Monster Musume. With these dimensions, you understand that we are far from the small square pillowcases for your pillows. We are on bolster cover with anime characters printed on it. And these are special bolsters. They are dakimakura. If you spend some time on the English speaking internet, especially among Otakus and manga fans. If you don't know what a dakimakura is, let us briefly explain everything there is to know about them:
A dakimakura or "Waifu pillow" or "Body Pillow" is a special Japanese bolster of about one meter on which an anime character is printed, usually on both sides. The Japanese pillow differs from the Western pillow in that the former is basically a medical pillow. The Dakimakura was born from the detour of the first use of Japanese medical pillows. In short, it is a pure product of Japanese pop culture. Again. And that's what's so great about it! The Daki are a bit the pinnacle of Japanese anime pop culture. These Body Pillows can be used for their primary purpose, to maintain the back, or used as emotional support by cuddling them.
THE HISTORY OF THE DAKIMAKURA
In short, a dakimakura is a Japanese orthopedic pillow with a pillowcase where a waifu or a husbando is printed on it. Basically, the first dakimakura were made around the 4th century and they were made of bamboo. Their use was the same as the other pillows until the arrival of Dutch sailors around the 16th-17th century. And at sea, there are only men. And there, they discovered a pillow like no other, about one meter long. So instead of using it as a pillow, these sailors used it as an Onahole. This is also common among merchants in contact with Dutch sailors.
In the 20th century, these pillows still exist but they are now made in the European style (so with stuffing) but they keep their rectangular shape, and are now used as Orthopedic pillow. And the boom of Otaku pop culture and derivative art. A Japanese company sells covers with female anime characters printed on them. And it's a hit, not only for the sales of dakimakura cushions but also for covers. It has become such a phenomenon that now, companies have differentiated their medical pillows and their dakimakura. If you hang out on the English speaking internet, you have probably seen these same pillows under the name of body pillow or waifu pillow.
DAKIMAKURA ? ORTHOPEDIC PILLOW ? BODY PILLOW : WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE ?
Well, this may surprise you, but the big difference is in their use. As said above, a dakimakura is basically the derivative of an orthopedic pillow, which the Anglo-Saxons have translated as body pillow. There is actually no difference between these terms if you are on the Japanese or Otaku side. The big difference with western bolsters is a very simple fact: the bolsters you can find at the "foire fouille", gifi or Ikea, are cylindrical. Japanese ones are rectangular. So a Japanese pillowcase (called here dakimakura) will not fit on a western bolster.
WHY ARE DAKIMAKURAS POPULAR AMONG OTAKUS?
As said above, the dakimakura was born from the detour of a pre-existing object. In short, a pop culture object.
These waifu cushion covers have become another collectible item for very big anime fans, just like figurines. And since it can be used as a practical item in the bedroom as well as a home decoration with only the pillowcase, it makes an extra decorative item among the hundreds of others you can have.
Another possible use is for the troll: who has never troll his friend during a birthday by offering a gift that will make him laugh but that he could find just as well. A bit like a very funny surprise. And the dakimakura fulfills this criterion well. It can even be paired with a comforter or a comforter with the same waifu or husbando on it. A particularly versatile linen therefore. And for manga fans it is not necessary to do even more!
HENTAI DAKIMAKURA AND DAKIMAKURA WAIFU
On WaifuParadise, we don't distinguish between Waifus from anime, known or not, and those from Hentai. They are all the Best Girls of an Otaku. Each one has the right to its own dakimakura! And it's the same for the husbando !
On our anime & manga fan site, you can find your happiness, whether you love popular anime, Japanese romance games, eroges and many others!
WHAT IS A DAKIMAKURA FOR?
Anime Dakimakura pillows are very versatile as marked above. The most notable feature is that you can put the waifu or husbando of your favorite anime on a human-sized pillow and have it against you. Probably the closest thing to 2D. And for that, no real limit. If you are a fan of vocaloid Miku or Erza from Fairy Tail.
The dakimakura are considered as objects of affection, for children or teenagers. They are used, for example, to snuggle, to fall asleep or to comfort oneself when one is sick.
Dakimakura are used for affection or sexuality, replacing or complementing a human partner. Dakimakura pillows are becoming more and more acceptable in France. Dakimakura are sold with removable covers, which can be replaced with other covers (often available separately) to change their appearance.
HOW TO BUY DAKIMAKURA ONLINE ?
In France, it is particularly difficult to find dakimakura. Even during conventions focused on japanese pop culture, you can rarely find them, and they are usually the most seiso ones (which is logical, since some parents bring their very young children to these conventions)
For the hotter designs, it's hard to find them in physical stores. The only thing left is the Internet, and it's easy to get lost when you don't know where to look...
We can help you to buy Dakimakura
WaifuParadise is a fan site of eccentric Japanese products, especially specialized in bedding. We sell Dakimakura in France as well as Body Pillow in France. So, our main product is of course the dakimakura. You will also find comforter covers, blankets and towels, but also items that are not found in the market like fake breasts. In short, our speciality lies in what cannot be found in France by physical means. E-commerce is the easiest way to get this kind of object that few shopkeepers would have the courage to put forward.
100 CM, 120 CM, 150 CM VS 160 CM, 170 CM, 180 CM: WHY SEVERAL LENGTHS OF DAKIMAKURA?
With the democratization of the dakimakura, people outside Japan wanted to have one. This was not really foreseen by the firms, nor by the transport companies which saw arriving an important mass of pillows to deliver.
And that's where the international shippers comBasically, the dakimakura comes from Japan and is a derivative of the orthopedic cushion. This means that the size of the dakimakura was standardized at 160 cm, the average size of a Japanese person. There was ONLY this size.e in and their shipping and delivery costs to the gram. A 160 cm pillow weighed 2.2kg. In order to reduce the shipping cost for buyers outside Japan, it was decided to make a smaller cushion, 150 cm and 1.9kg. This allowed us to halve the shipping cost. That's why the standard size of a dakimakura is 150 cm OR 160 cm. No matter which store you go to, there will always be a MINIMUM of these two choices.
As the dakimakura has become more popular, more sizes have been created. The 100 cm for those who mainly want a small pillow to cuddle (rather emotional support oriented) or either for the bigger ones, to stick to their good size. And now, to be identical or close to the size of the waifu or husbando. That's why there are dakimakura of Miia of 7 meters long.
However, once you have decided on a size, it will be even more expensive to change, or to take another one. If you want to collect dakimakura, it's better to have a lot of cases and one pillow but all at the same size. An extra size also means more space taken by the pillow.
On the other hand, if you are in a particular type of waifu, for example muscle girl, it is better to take dakimakura of 180 cm, one of the highest size, certainly, but which will bring you closer to your waifu. And for the fans of loli, the pillow of 100 or 120 will be perfect to have the impression to give headpat to your loli, only possible use by the law in France.
SIMILIWAIFU VS PEACH SKIN
The printing on the dakimakura cover is made with care, via digital sublimation, by our suppliers. This allows to have, at the same time, precision and fidelity to the colors, but also, thanks to the quality of our covers (which are not peach skin), to have a feeling close to the one of a real human skin, without that being strange.
WHY USE DAKIMAKURA WAIFUPARADISE
WaifuParadise has an extensive collection of over 2000 basic dakimakura and is the fastest delivering company for these items. Every day new daki are added
HOW TO MAINTAIN AND WASH YOUR DAKIMAKURA ?
The dakimakura is a very fragile object. It is advisable to wash it with care. For that, there are some rules to respect to make your dakimakura last as long as possible.
Rule N°1 : NO JAVEL
No bleach. Never. Bleach is a bleach. It will literally erase the colors and damage the fabric. In addition to putting corrosive chemicals on something that you have skin contact with. The detergent used should be neutral.
Rule #2: Hot water is your enemy
Always wash in cold water. Hot water tends to attack both the fabric and the ink. If you use water over 30 degrees, the colors will fade very quickly. Cold tap water is best (if well filtered). If you are in a region with a lot of limestone and your dishwasher for example is very quickly clogged by this)
Rule N°3 : be patient
Washing your dakimakura takes time, and you might want to take a shortcut, for example by using a dryer. Bad idea. This will damage the fabric and bring the ink to a temperature it won't withstand. Remember that the design is printed on fabric. The method of producing a dakimakura is quite different from the method of producing a normal pillowcase.
With that in mind here are the steps:
STEP 1: THE BATH
Take a small basin, if you don't have one, a pan can do the trick depending on the size and your patience. Otherwise, wash your sink and use it. Fill the container with cold water (Rule n°2).
STEP 2: WASHING
Use non-bleach detergent or soap (Rule #1). Pour in a little (less than half the cap) and scrub the stains with a new toothbrush (preferred).
STEP 3: THE DIP.
Once this is done, drain the dirty water and let your dakimakura sit for another five to ten minutes in cold water; if it stays clear, you only need to drain the water, then wring out your dakimakura (gently, end by end), to drain all the water. Don't do it like a drunk or you will tear it or even spread it a bit. If you forget this step before drying, your dakimakura will extend several centimeters and attack the ink.
STEP 4 : DRYING
Now you just have to lay your dakimakura to dry. It is best to lay it flat, on towels, on a flat edge. If you did not do step 3 or if you think you did it wrong, this is the way to do it. If you did step 3 right and are sure, then lay it out lengthwise or widthwise and don't let the fabric drag on the floor. Do not put in the sun (especially in the summer in the south of France). And once again, Rule N°3: patience. Put it in a drying machine, or apply too much heat, the colors will go away. The room should also be well ventilated, but always away from direct sunlight.
IF and only IF you don't have time to soak your dakimakura, you can use the washing machine. Be careful, not more than 30 degrees, using products without bleach or corrosive product. And this, only if there is no big stain on the dakimakura. Drying should still be done as indicated in step 4.