WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 35-year-old Japanese school administrator married a hologram of the virtual reality singer Hatsune Miku in Tokyo last month.
- Akihiko Kondo confessed that he had been in love with Miku for morethan ten years.
- Kondo’s family did not attend the wedding ceremony, but some 40 guests witnessed Kondo marry a stuffed-doll version of Miku.
Thirty-five-year old Akihiko Kondo has been in love with a 16-year-old girl for more than ten years. Last month, he married his long-time love interest
However, Kondo’s bride is a hologram of the virtual reality singer Hatsune Miku.
“I never cheated on her, I’ve always been in love with Miku-san,” the Japanese school administrator from Tokyo said.
Developed by Crypton Future Media, Miku is a Vocaloid — a singing voice synthesizer software in the form of an animated 16-year-old girl with turquoise pigtails and eyes.
Kondo keeps a floating hologram device of Miku in his home, which is made by Gatebox, The Sun reported.
Miku’s hologram interacts with Kondo by talking. It also wakes him up and turns on the lights. To “hold” his “wife”, Kondo keeps stuffed dolls version of Miku and sleeps with one of them in his bed.
Kondo spent nearly two million yen (US $17,600) for the wedding ceremony in Tokyo, “exchanging I Dos” with a small, stuffed-doll version of Miku. He even prepared matching wedding rings.
Although Kondo’s family did not attend the wedding ceremony, there were 40 guests who witnessed the union. Gatebox even issued a “cross-dimension” marriage certificate to recognize the wedding.
The marriage isn’t legal, but Kondo doesn’t care what others think. Miku makes him happy, he said.
“Society pressures you to follow a certain formula for love, but it might not make you happy,” Kondo told CNN.
“I want people to be able to figure out what works for them.”
Kondo confided that he had problems finding love in the past and suffered experienced rejection and bullying. He decided not to have a relationship with a human anymore.
“Miku-san is the woman I love a lot and also the one who saved me,” Kondo explained.
“(Miku) lifted me up when I needed it the most. She kept me company and made me feel like I could regain control over my life,” he added. “What I have with her is definitely love.”
The 35-year-old school administrator is not the only person to fall in love with a hologram. According to Gatebox, it has issued about 3,700 marriage certificates for human-hologram weddings.