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The virtual bride

The answer to relationship problems: Your new spouse is a hologram. So far, only in Japan
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HATSUNE MIKU
Hatsune Miku has over 900,000 fans on Facebook.

Some hope it will begin a long-overdue trend toward recognizing more alternative types of relationships.

Hatsune Miko is a singing voice synthesizer featured in over 100,000 songs globally. Her name means “Voice form the Future.” And Akihiko Kondo has married the “animated 16-year-old with saucer eyes and lengthy aquamarine pigtails,” in the form of a stuffed toy, in a formal wedding ceremony at a Tokyo hall:

“I’ve been thinking about her every day,” he told AFP a week after the wedding.

Since March, Kondo has been living with a moving, talking hologram of Miku that floats 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, looking at the blue image glowing in a capsule. Agence France Presse, “Crazy in love? The Japanese man ‘married’ to a hologram” at

He explains, “Two-dimensional characters can’t cheat, age or die.”

While the marriage does not, at present, have legal standing, Gatebox, the company that produces the hologram, has issued more than 3,700 certificates for such “cross-dimension” marriages, according to AFP, so cross-dimension marriage seekers could at some point become a vocal minority.

In Japan, one in four men is still single at age 50. Here’s an overview, featuring a different virtual bride:

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