Akihiko Kondo was determined to never marry after being bullied by female seniors at his previous workplace. He picked Hatsune Miku instead – a hologram who won't "cheat, age or die".
The 35-year-old school administrator has certainly married into fame. Miku is an animated 16-year-old with saucer eyes and lengthy aquamarine pigtails, known as a vocaloid. The virtual reality singer is one of the most popular pop-culture icons in Japan, known for selling out live concert performances.
That didn’t stop Kondo from spending ¥2 million (some R250,000) on a formal ceremony at a Tokyo hall, reported the Japanese Times.
Kondo isn’t the only one to have married a hologram. Hologram device manufacturer Gatebox has distributed 3,700 marriage certificates for these “cross-dimension” marriages, according to Geek.com.
Kondo has been living with the hologram desktop device version since March. The device, which acts like Amazon's Alexa and is connected to the internet, tells him what the weather is like, and can control home appliance.
He sleeps alongside the doll version of her that attended the wedding, complete with a wedding ring that fits around her left wrist.
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