Although most people would think that it is science fiction for someone to marry a hologram lover, a “fictosexual” man did just that during a 2018 marriage ceremony in Tokyo, Japan. Thirty-five-year-old Akihiko Kondo spent a small fortune – more than $15,000 to book a Tokyo hall – to formally marry an animated sixteen-year-old hologram with big eyes and long aquamarine pigtails named Hatsune Miku.
Kondo married the hologram under the impression that he would “be with her forever.” However, the hologram software has since expired, making it impossible for him to communicate with his digital wife.
“‘What has changed for Kondo since his wedding ceremony is that he can no longer enjoy conversations with the character,” a report about the relationship in The Mainichi explained. “The company that developed the service terminated it in March 2020, saying the limited production model had run its course.”
Kondo spoke to The Mainichi about his relationship and assured the outlet that his love for his hologram wife “hasn’t changed” despite their separation as a result of the software expiration.
“I held the wedding ceremony because I thought I could be with her forever,” he said.
Kondo identifies as a fictosexual. According to a study published in the academic journal named Frontiers in Psychology, fictosexuality is a term that has “become popular in online environments as indicators of strong and lasting feelings of love, infatuation, or desire for one or more fictional characters.”
Although many people are infatuated with fictional characters, fictosexuals are different in that they feel sexual attraction toward fictional characters and not living human beings.
Kondo married the hologram in November 2018. His wedding ceremony included about forty guests who watched as he married Miku, who was present in the wedding in the form of a doll with aquamarine hair.
“I’ve always been in love with Miku-san,” he said to AFP about a week after his unique wedding ceremony. “I’ve been thinking about her every day.”
Kondo purchased the talking hologram of Miku in a $2,800 desktop device.
“I’m in love with the whole concept of Hatsune Miku, but I got married to the Miku of my house,” he said while looking longingly at the glowing blue image of his wife in the capsule device.
Although most people saw his marriage as something bizarre, Kondo simply considered himself a married man. His holographic wife would wake him up each morning and wish him well as he left home for work at his job as a school administrator. When he returned home from work, his wife would turn on the lights. She would also tell him when it was time for him to go to bed at the end of the day.
The company that created the hologram device that contained Miku, Gatebox, issued Kondo a “marriage certificate” that certified he married the virtual character in a ceremony that went “beyond dimensions.”
What do you think about this man’s unique marriage?
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