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.
The latest business to make a splash in Japan's nerdom is always patrons to sleep with ladies. That's…
Hug pillows, or "dakimakura" as they're called in Japanese, are otaku bedroom staples. But what if you didn't hug the pillow, but the pillow hugged you?
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.