A 35-year-old man married a hologram of the popular Japanese computer character, Hatsune Miku, in a wedding ceremony of $ 18,000 in Tokyo, Japan.
Akihiko Kondo knoted her virtual darling earlier this month in front of 40 guests, and while his relatives refused to attend the ceremony, the school worker confirmed that "society must" consider all kind of love and all kinds of happiness. "
Hatsune Miku first came in 2007 and made his first appearance as the face and voice of the "Vocaloid" software, which can be used to create synthesized song by entering texts and melodies in your computer.
Since then, she has continued to enjoy widespread popularity in Japan, especially as a result of the Project DIVA video game series that characterizes her.
It seems that she is so literally loved by her fans that one of them has at least been getting married to her, as Akihiko Kondo did on November 4th.
Of course, because she's actually not true, Kondo has actually enchanted a hologram of her, which he bought for $ 2,800 and he has lived with since March.
"I'm in love with the whole Hatsune Miku concept, but I got married to Miku in my house," Kondo says, talking to the Japan Times.
As unusual as the whole arrangement, Kondo considers himself a regular married man and was comfortable enough with his situation to invite 40 guests to his wedding.
As Hatsune Miku lives with, a hologram is contained inside an Amazon Echo-like gadget, it was a filled docking version of Miku that he brought to the ceremony, which is also the version he's sleeping with at night.
"I have never fooled her, I've always been in love with Miku-san. I've been thinking of her every day," he said one week after the wedding.
Kondo tells the Japan Times that his holographic wife wakes him every morning, welcoming him home from work and singing him songs alone.
Despite the secret happiness they share, their marriage is not legally recognized by the Japanese authorities.
However, Kondo received a "marriage certificate" from Gatebox, the company that manufactures the holograms.
And what's interesting is that Gatebox has so far issued more than 3,700 of these certificates to other Japanese men.
"There must be some people who can not come and say they want to have a wedding. I want to give them a supportive pressure," explained Kondo.
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At a time when fewer Japanese are hitched, his prophecy is that there are others that he probably is true.
And given the fact that fewer Britons get married, similar stories can occur soon in Britain, especially when leading AI researchers have predicted we will marry robots in 2045.
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