Dakimakura have become a cultural phenomenon, and are now widely recognized around the world. Some anime and manga have begun to include Dakimakura in their official merchandise. It's a common vacation souvenir, too.
Whether you think of it as an orthopedic pillow, security blanket substitute, or love pillow, the dakimakura will work. Starting a pillowcase collection for it is relatively easy, as well. As long as you already have a pillow in dakimakura dimensions, you need little else.
It's not better than a normal body pillow, but it's a cute pillow to have if you are a fan of an anime series or if you like quirky items from faraway places. Have fun, and happy collecting!
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