Japanese designers invent boyfriend pillow

(30 Sep 2004)
Nagareyama City, Chiba Prefecture
1. Junko Suzuki, who uses the Boyfriend Pillow, seated on bed in pyjamas reading book - pans to Boyfriend Pillow at head of bed
2. Suzuki stopping music on CD player, turning off the light and lying down on bed
3. Suzuki sleeping
4. Suzuki resting her head on the pillow
5. Tilt up form the hand of the pillow to Suzuki holding its arm
6. Suzuki sleeping holding the arm of the pillow
7. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Junko Suzuki
"It is true that this is not the arm of the man itself. I like to sleep holding someone's hand. And, this pillow makes me feel relaxed as I can hold the arm and feel something warm at my side."
8. Wide shot of Tomoki Kakehashi, President, Kameo Corporation, the boyfriend pillow planner
9. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Tomoki Kakehashi, President, Kameo Corporation
"My grandmother used to say that there is nothing more comfortable pillow than human. I always thought someone's lap is the best pillow for me. So, I thought that maybe women want to sleep on the arm shaped pillow. As a fact, my kids always like to sleep on my arm. Human pillow seems to be warm and healing. This is why I made this arm shaped pillow."
Nagareyama City, Chiba Prefecture
10. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Junko Suzuki
"This pillow does not move around and it keeps holding me all night long. So, I think this is great because this does not betray me."
11. Pan from Suzuki getting up and opening window to pillow on bed
A new product on the Japanese market has been designed for the single girl in need of some manly comfort while she sleeps.
The boyfriend pillow is shaped like a giant arm which will hold you all night without the need for the real thing.
Junko Suzuki has been trying out the arm pillow since she got it as a present last year.
The almost life-size boyfriend pillow (65cm X 73 cm weighing 1.4 KG) is the product of the Japanese bed linen maker, Kameo Corporation, located in Fukuoka prefecture, western Japan.
The company already sold more than 1,000 pillows since its launch last year. It costs 80 US dollars (Japanese Yen 8,500).
The pillow is currently only sold in Japan on the internet.
Kameo is now planning to upgrade the pillow by producing different models, including a muscular one.
And the company is also working on the prototype for a fake female lap shaped pillow targeting male users.
The company says the shape of the pillow does not just provide the illusion of having someone sleeping next to you.
Tomoki Kakehashi of Kameo says the unique structure keeps the human body balanced by supporting the sleeper from both sides.
As a radio DJ, Suzuki sometime works overnight. Time to relax out of work hours is sparse, so the boyfriend pillow could be better than the real thing. And it doesn't snore or steal the duvet.
But should the real thing come along, Suzuki better make sure the boyfriend pillow is safely hidden away, to avoid making anybody jealous!
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