The path of true love rarely runs smoothly and there are almost always going to be some people that aren’t too happy about your relationship, but I imagine that this is multiplied tenfold when you decide that you’re going to date a hologram and then marry it.
This is the path that 35 year old Akihiko Kondo has chosen to tread though and it seems like it’s a path that has made him very happy. The hologram in question is a 16 year old Japanese pop star named Hatsune Miku which is apparently very popular in Japan – although only one person has decided to marry it so far.
Here’s what Kondo said about his decision:
I’m in love with the whole concept of Hatsune Miku but I got married to the Miku of my house.
I never cheated on her, I’ve always been in love with Miku-san,
There must be some people who can’t come forward and say they want to hold a wedding. I want to give them a supportive push.
It’s simply not right for me to be with human beings, 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.
Diversity in society has been long called for.
It won’t necessarily make you happy to be bound to the ‘template’ of happiness in which a man and woman marry and bear children.
I believe we must consider all kinds of love and all kinds of happiness.
I don’t know whether to be inspired by that or completely freaked out there – probably a little bit of both. I mean you’ve gotta be a couple of cards short of a deck if you’re getting married to a hologram haven’t you?
The story gets even stranger when you discover how much he spent on the wedding. You might think you would keep things cheap as you don’t have to impress your partner or their family, but that’s not how Kondo chose to do it, spunking around $20,000 on the event. Go big or go home I guess.
Kondo also sleeps with a doll version of the hologram every night and even got a wedding ring specially crafted for it. Guy is clearly bonkers but I suppose if he’s happy and he isn’t harming anyone then it’s all good I guess.
Maybe his dream of encouraging more people to come forward about their weird habits will be realised as well thanks to his story, although given that most people are reacting to it by calling him a weird like me they won’t. Have to wait and see I guess.
For more holograms, check out this politician that reckons he lost his virginity to an alien hologram when he was five. Sure mate.