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A Japanese man had the wedding of his dreams to a woman who doesn’t exist. Till tech do us part? Akihiko Kondo points out that he never has to worry about his virtual wife cheating or dying. Earlier this month, 35-year-old Kondo got hitched to Hatsune Miku, a singing hologram that uses a voice synthesizer to perform in sold-out shows worldwide, according to “Inside Edition.” “For mother, it wasn’t something to celebrate,” Kondo told the Japan Times. Despite her fame, Kondo’s family didn’t approve of her. Not one family member was among the 40 guests who attended the ceremony, which was estimated to cost $18,000. Of course, Miku wasn’t actually there either, except in the form of a stuffed toy, she’s just a virtual creation Kondo confessed.
“I’ve been thinking about her every day.” he said. Kondo insists his love is as true blue as the color of Miku’s fake hair. “I never cheated on her; I’ve always been in love with Miku-san.” “I’m in love with the whole concept of Hatsune Miku, but I got married to the Miku of my house,” he said. Miku doesn’t exactly live with Kondo either ― except as a talking hologram floating in a $2,800 desktop device in his Tokyo home. It should be noted that the marriage isn’t legally binding in any aspect. Also, TheGamer.com notes that Gatebox, the company that created Miku, is not expecting the virtual vixen to remain monogamous. Although Kondo’s parents are holding out hope he might settle down with a human, not a hologram, he told the Japan Times that’s not going to happen. Two-dimensional characters can’t cheat, age or die, he said. “I’m not seeking these in real women. It’s impossible.” TheGamer.com company has already issued more than 3,700 marriage certificates to people who want to wed a hologram.
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