The singer of his dreams

Actual women, some men seem to have decided, are just too much trouble:

A Japanese man has married his virtual reality hologram this month during a ceremony in Tokyo.

Akihiko Kondo, 35, spent ¥2 million (£13645.50) on a formal ceremony at a Tokyo hall to Hatsune Miku, an animated 16-year-old hologram with saucer eyes and lengthy aquamarine pigtails.

Mr Kondo’s mother, along with all of his relatives, refused an invitation to her only son’s wedding.

“I’ve always been in love with Miku-san,” he said, using a honorific that is commonly employed in Japan, even by friends. “I’ve been thinking about her every day,” he told AFP a week after the wedding.

Since March, Mr Kondo has been living with a moving, talking hologram of Miku that floats in a $2,800 desktop device.

You’ve almost certainly heard the young lady’s voice before; this is perhaps her biggest hit, though she didn’t write it.

(Via Fark.)

4 comments »

  1. Roger Green »

    15 November 2018 · 8:15 am

    A logical? extension of the movie Her.

  2. Odds and ends – Zoopraxiscope »

    15 November 2018 · 1:02 pm

    […] Charles G. Hill brings tidings from Japan of a man who “married” a holographic representation of the vocal synthesizer “Hatsune Miku.” Hill linked to a video featuring Miku’s voice which is apparently extremely popular but which doesn’t show what the software is capable of. Here are a couple that better illustrate how a pathetic dweeb could become fixated on the computer-generated image of an anime-style girl: Miku in concert; Miku on a desktop. […]

  3. CGHill »

    15 November 2018 · 2:32 pm

    A fair assessment. I’d say. And what’s more, it’s possible to see Miku-san, or at least a simulacrum thereof.

  4. CGHill »

    15 November 2018 · 9:42 pm

    I followed up by watching that clip of Miku in concert. I’m not so far from pathetic-dweeb status myself, I suppose.

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