Here’s an interesting New York Times interview with an Japanese otaku/geek who like many is in true love with his dakimakura (dah-kee MAH-koo-rah) “hug pillow.”
Love in 2-D
The New York Times — July 26, 2009 by Lisa Katayama–
..I joined the couple for lunch at their favorite all-you-can-eat salad bar in the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji, he insisted on being called only by this new nickname, addressing his body-pillow girlfriend using the suffix “tan” to show how much he adored her. Nemutan is 10, maybe 12 years old and wears a little blue bikini and gold ribbons in her hair. Nisan knows she’s not real, but that hasn’t stopped him from loving her just the same…more...
UPDATE –July 27th
Many people on the Internet have done some fact checking of the above New York Times story by Lisa Katayama and found that statistics she reported that “more than a quarter of men and women between the ages of 30 and 34 are virgins” were bogus or mistranslated.
Nemutan’s revenge—Some fact checking-and reaction to the NYT story on anime fetishists.
Previous pillow covers on the 3Yen:
–Merry Wankermas for otaku in Japan
–The ultimate otaku hookup, ‘Hug Pillows’