Til Glitch Do Us Part: Japanese Man Marries VR Hologram Singer

Monday, 12 November 2018 - 2:41PM
Virtual Reality
Monday, 12 November 2018 - 2:41PM
Til Glitch Do Us Part: Japanese Man Marries VR Hologram Singer
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The future is here, and if you're a traditionalist it is definitely a little odd. On the big screen we've seen people have relationships with fish men and with artificial intelligence that they carry around in their pocket, but one non-actor in Japan has taken things to a new level. According to The Japan Times, 35-year-old Akihiko Kondo had a ceremony (which none of his family attended) to marry Hatsune Miku, a virtual reality singer that appears in the form of a hologram and was represented at the wedding as a stuffed doll.



Kondo told the press that his mother declined an invitation to the wedding because for her "it wasn't something to celebrate." Around 40 others did show up to the $17,500 event in Tokyo to see Kondo and the stand-in for his 16-year-old cartoon bride exchange vows and rings. The actual Miku lives inside of a $2800 holographic projector inside of Kondo's apartment. "I'm in love with the whole concept of Hatsune Miku but I got married to the Miku of my house," the happy groom said. The projector is made by a company called Gatebox, which has reportedly issued over 3,700 marriage certificates to others like Kondo. 

While Kondo's mother wants him to find a real girl, he says that he loves his new wife and that she has qualities that a "3D woman" does not, like eternal life and the inability to cheat. For him, the expectation to have a "normal" relationship is not fair. "It's simply not right, it's as if you were trying to talk a gay man into dating a woman, or a lesbian into a relationship with a man," he told The Japan Times. "Diversity in society has been long called for...I believe we must consider all kinds of love and all kinds of happiness."

We've all gotten frustrated with traditional dating at some point in our lives, but is this a step too far, or is Kondo and the thousands of other otaku (Japanese term for the pop culture obsessed) on to something? Check out Gatebox's promotion below if you want to learn more and maybe buy yourself a virtual spouse.

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