- Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old school administrator, married a hologram of the virtual reality singer Hatsune Miku in Tokyo.
- Kondo shared that he had been in love with Miku for over a decade.
- None of Kondo’s family attended the wedding ceremony, but 40 guests watched Kondo marry a stuffed-doll version of Miku.
For more than ten years, Akihiko Kondo has been in love with a hologram of the virtual reality singer Hatsune Miku.
The 35-year-old school administrator from Tokyo explained, “I never cheated on her, I’ve always been in love with Miku-san,” AFP reports.
Crazy in love? The Japanese man 'married' to a hologram.
Akihiko Kondo, a school administrator, married a virtual reality singer called Hatsune Miku in early November. His mother refused to go to the wedding https://t.co/xD9jvGni2s pic.twitter.com/CURmO4b7YB
— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 12, 2018
Miku is an animated 16-year-old girl developed by Crypton Future Media. She’s a Vocaloid, a singing voice synthesiser software, with turquoise pigtails and eyes.
Kondo keeps a floating hologram device of Miku in his home, which is made by Gatebox. The hologram wakes him up, turns on lights, and interacts with him by talking. The 35-year-old also keeps stuffed dolls of Miku and sleeps with one of them in his bed.
Kondo paid about two million yen ($US17,600) for the ceremony to marry a small, stuffed-doll version of Miku in Tokyo. He even got matching wedding rings.
Although his family didn’t attend, 40 guests watched the ceremony, and Gatebox issued a “cross-dimension” marriage certificate to recognise their union. Technically, the marriage isn’t legal, but Kondo doesn’t care.
Kondo had problems finding love in the past and experienced rejection along with bullying. He doesn’t want to have a relationship with a human and explains, “Miku-san is the woman I love a lot and also the one who saved me.”
Kondo is hardly the only person to fall in love with a hologram. Gatebox has issued 3,700 marriage certificates for human-hologram weddings.
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