Dakimakura care, washing and listings. (pics)

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Dakimakura care, washing and listings. (pics)

Postby Treveran » May 1st, 2009, 11:33 pm

I love dakimakura, and I love touhou. As a result, I collect touhou dakimakura!

I purchased my first one many months ago, of Yuyuko from Touhou Project. Since then I have purchased many more.

While I only have one pillow, my friend gave me a wonderful idea some time ago: Use the extras as wall hangings! I have one dakimakura on the bed, and the rest hang from my walls like tapestries. It's convenient to swap them out, and I feel it looks nice (and have been told it does).

Some of my dakimakura:




I hang them using a combination of hooks or nails and office clips. In addition, I discovered at first that after time the clip would leave a thin, green line (easily washed off though) on the pillow case where it clips on, as well as an indentation in the fabric. My solution is a strip of cloth (I use cut up old t-shirts) between the clip and the pillow case.

For my fellow dakimakura aficionados I have prepared some suggestions and how-tos to take care of your dakimakura.

Edit: All of this information is ALSO here in my ugly little site: http://tsurupettan.limewebs.com/

A guide to washing your dakimakura:

One thing I've encountered with other dakimakura enthusiasts is that most of them don't know how to go about washing their dakimakura safely! I didn't either, at first. I simply dove in and took a risk with some intelligent decisions. Now, I've gone through the washing process about 10-15 times. I have yet to experience any damage, or fading, though general care also helps with that.

With that said, I present a step-by-step (with pictures soon to be added) guide to washing your dakimakura.

Note: These techniques work for ME with MY dakimakura. Your mileage may vary, and I am not at fault if you mess something up. Reprints (basically, bootlegs) may be vulnerable depending on printing method used. My one reprint did go through the washing process well, though.

1. Strip the pillow and gather your supplies!
Be gentle when you remove the dakimakura from the pillow, they're sturdy but it will still stress the fabric. If you're washing the dakimakura, you probably want to air the pillow out too. You must also decide if you want to wash the dakimakura inside out. Some do, I don't. It makes getting spots more difficult.

As for supplies, I use the following items:
a. Cheer Color-Guard detergent for me. Just one load's worth, or the '1' line on a marked cap. Make sure you don't use anything with bleach in it!
b. A small wash basin. You can use the tub, or the sink, or whatever you like, but I keep a plastic tub nearby for cleaning purposes.
c. Toothbrush. For small, troublesome spots. General soaking and such will remove most of the stuff, but for dried/caked on substances (blood, dirt, stuff from pets, etc.) it'll be helpful.

2. Fill the wash basin/sink/whatever with COLD water, dump in the detergent and get it mixed up.
Cold water is important. It will prevent the colors from running.

3. Immerse the dakimakura in the cold water, get it nice and soapy!
At this point, if you have any spots, go over them GENTLY with the toothbrush. A little toothbrush action with the detergent will get out almost anything. The most trouble I've had was blood from scratching myself in my sleep, and even that came out fairly easily.

4. Let it soak for about 20 minutes.
Make sure the water is still chilly. Walk off, let it sit for 20 minutes. Don't touch it, even if you're tempted to.

5. Dump the water, rinse the dakimakura well and wring it dry as best you can.
These things absorb water like nothing else does! If you don't wring it out, you'll soak the ground beneath where you hang it to dry.

6. Hang it up to dry for 8-12 hours.
I used to hang mine on our back porch out on the line, but we have too many cats now. I double the dakimakura over the shower curtain bar in my bathroom and let it dry for 8+ hours. It'll still be drippy even if you did wring it out well, so put towels beneath it if drying indoors.

7. Your dakimakura should now be clean! Enjoy!

General dakimakura care:

Dakimakura are expensive. We want them to have a long life, as a result. There are a few simple things you can do to care for them and keep them in good condition.

1. Wash them as necessary.
Don't wash them TOO often, or they'll begin to fade. A good rule of thumb may be every 4-6 months, unless they are noticeably dirty. Are they a bit smelly? Air it out or use fabric freshener (i.e. febreze) on it first!

2. Shower before bed.
Some people shower once a day in the morning, some in the evening, some twice a day. I personally have taken to showering once a day in the evening. It keeps the pillow from getting sweaty or smelly, and also reduces the dirt it gets on it.

3. Keep animals away from it.
We have 7 cats in our house, they do not come in my room if I can help it. Cat dander, dirt, hair? Yuck! I don't want to sleep with that.

4. Trim (and file) your nails!
This is common sense and everyone should do it anyway. Some people don't, or they forget. Well-kept nails prevent scratching and tearing of fabric (and self) in sleep.

5. Keep it off the floor.
Your floor may appear to be pristine, but it'll still contribute to the dirtiness of the pillow. Avoid if possible.

Feel free to make suggestions for washing or care, I'm open to all input!

Where to buy dakimakura from:

There are obviously more sites out there but these are the ones I use and recommend.

Mandarake: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/ (Search 'pillow', I believe.)

Paletweb: http://www.paletweb.com (Search 'pillow'.)

W-Canvas' dakimakura section: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/items.php?cId_main=400 (Search: 抱き枕 / Requires deputy for 18+ goods!)

Rakuten dakimakura section: http://item.rakuten.co.jp/nk-book/c/0000000537/ (Requires deputy!)

Mandarake and Paletweb ship internationally. The other two may require a deputy. W-Canvas recently changed their website thus breaking my direct link in the process.

Help, I need a pillow!

I have an American pillow that I bought off ebay for something like $25 and am quite happy with it. Most of the sites listed above sell the 'proper' Japanese pillow or stuffing. I have only seen pictures and said pillows seem flat and unappealing, but I have never tried one out.

This is the pillow I own: http://cgi.ebay.com/BODY-PILLOW-20-X-60 ... 5348QQcmdZ

Some people recommend the Bed, Bath and Beyond pillows. I do not like them and they are somewhat small. However, if you are buying a small dakimakura (under 150x50) they may be a good choice. The above linked pillow fits best in 150x45 and above and is very tight in smaller cases.

The Big & Bad Touhou Dakimakura Listing

While I like dakimakura in general, I mostly follow Touhou as stated above. This is partially for my reference, but others could benefit from it too.

Tenshi: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=30635
Satori: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=29090
Marisa: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=31909
Suwako: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=31580
Reimu: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=31506
Kaguya: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-190503.html
Komachi: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-190502.html
Reimu: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146980.html
Orin: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-155649.html
Marisa: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146981.html
Patchouli: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146979.html
Tenshi: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146987.html
Eirin: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146983.html
Aya: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146975.html
Reisen: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146978.html
Yukari: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146982.html
Yuyuko: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146976.html
Nitori: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146986.html
Youmu: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146977.html
Alice: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146974.html
Sanae: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146984.html
Iku: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-146985.html
Yuyuko: http://www.paletweb.com/selectpage.asp?code=80000807
Sakuya: http://www.paletweb.com/selectpage.asp?code=80000806
Marisa: http://www.paletweb.com/selectpage.asp?code=80000805
Suika: http://www.paletweb.com/selectpage.asp?code=0001324
Remilia: http://www.paletweb.com/selectpage.asp?code=0001180
Remi/Flan: http://www.paletweb.com/selectpage.asp?code=0001179
Flandre: http://www.paletweb.com/selectpage.asp?code=0001174
Marisa: http://www.paletweb.com/selectpage.asp?code=0000789
Yukari: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=26799
Sakuya: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=30634
Reimu: http://www.paletweb.com/selectpage.asp?code=0000786
Chen: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=32080
Ran: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=32081
Sanae: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=31442
Tewi: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-203094.html
Sanae: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-203093.html
Reisen: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-203092.html
Aya: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=32524
Youmu: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=32654
Shikieiki: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=32678
Aya: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=32679
Flandre: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=32857
Cirno: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=33448
Iku: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=33436
Remilia: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=33579
Shikieiki: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=33630
Komachi: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=33629
Komachi: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=33787
Reisen: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=33786
Reimu: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=33842
Kogasa: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=34375
Sanae: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=34565
Suwako: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=34567
Alice: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=34883
Reisen: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=34882
Reimu: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=34903
Sakuya: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=34923
Sanae: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=34922
Suwako: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-242320.html
Kanako: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-242321.html
Minamitsu: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=34991
Nazrin: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/detail ... m_id=35175

TO DO: Clean up formatting for readability if necessary. Find missing Touhou dakimakura, I know they are out there. Alphabetize listing.
Last edited by Treveran on November 26th, 2009, 9:11 pm, edited 6 times in total.
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Re: Dakimakura collecting? (pics+sfw)

Postby kokoburo » October 20th, 2009, 1:17 am

you seem to have a ton of dakimakura but I only have one so far. Here it is


Where do you get yours? I've only seen one site that has a good selection and that is animepillows.com, but they don't have them organized as well as I would like.
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Re: Dakimakura collecting? (pics+sfw)

Postby Treveran » October 27th, 2009, 2:13 am

kokoburo wrote:Where do you get yours? I've only seen one site that has a good selection and that is animepillows.com, but they don't have them organized as well as I would like.

I get mine from various places. Primarily Mandarake, W-Canvas, Palet or Rakuten. I did order one directly from the circle once, forgot which it was.

Mandarake: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/ (Search 'pillow', I believe.)

Paletweb: http://www.paletweb.com (Search 'pillow'.)

W-Canvas' dakimakura section: http://www.w-canvas.com/shopping/doujin ... ing_style= (Requires deputy for 18+ goods!)

Rakuten dakimakura section: http://item.rakuten.co.jp/nk-book/c/0000000537/ (Requires deputy!)

Mandarake and Paletweb ship internationally. The other two require a deputy.

EDIT: OP updated significantly.
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Re: Dakimakura care, washing and listings. (pics)

Postby Treveran » November 16th, 2009, 6:39 pm

Very large addition to OP: Where to buy, pillow suggestion and dakimakura listing.
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Re: Dakimakura care, washing and listings. (pics)

Postby Onegai » March 24th, 2010, 11:22 am

Ever hear about the guy who got married to his pillow?
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