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Japanese men rest on foam women's laps
Updated: 2004-12-15 08:50

Japanese men who want to rest their weary heads this Christmas season are finding comfort in the lap of a woman made of foam.

A sales clerk demonstrates the 'Hizamakura', or lap pillow, at Hakuhinkan toy shop in Tokyo. [AFP]

The torso-less "lap pillow" stands upright like a small cushion and resembles a woman's legs in a miniskirt.

"Single men find this soothing," said Mitsuo Takahashi of the seven-employee manufacturer Trane KK.

"From the time people were kids, people have laid their heads on their mothers' laps to get their ears cleaned," he said. "This is made to be quite close to the real thing."

So far the company had shipped about 3,000 of the sets of laps, which were retailing for 9,429 yen (US$90) including tax, Takahashi said.

The healing goods were also selling well as gag gifts for New Year's parties, he said.

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