In Japanese, they're called "dakimakura" (抱き枕). In English, they're "hug pillows". In short, hugging them while you sleep can either given a greater sense of security or even help with back problems.»11/17/12 4:00am11/17/12 4:00am
Akihabara is ground zero for Japanese manga, anime, and video games. No wonder the place caters to every nerd fantasy imaginable, such as maid cafes for guys (butler cafes for gals) as well as more adult services.
Some cops arrest drug dealers, murderers and master thieves. In Tokyo, Japanese police arrested a 25-year-old vocational student from China for selling knock-off hug pillows.»11/22/10 2:00am11/22/10 2:00am