Man Marries Doll: A 35-year-old man from Japan tied the knot with a doll in the likeness of virtual star Hatsune Miku.
Hatsune Miku, or simply Miku to her international fans, is the character model designed by artist KEI for the Vocaloid voice synthesizer program by Crypton.
Her singing voice was sampled from the voice of voice actress Saki Fujita. The software was released in Japan on Aug. 31, 2007. The fourth version of the software called “Hatsune Miku V4” was released on Aug. 31, 2016.
Miku herself has no intricately defined personality, but is rather defined by the songs fans and songwriters make for her.
As for the happy bridegroom, Akihiko Kondo found solace and inspiration in the countless songs made for the virtual diva. This led him to fall hard for the virtual singer and announced his intent to marry Miku through twitter posts made on Aug. 18.
The ceremony was a small and intimate affair with just 39 guests.
They included relatives, friends and Japanese Parliament member Taro Yamada and Assemblyman Ogino Otaku, who each shared snapshots of the event through tweets on the same day.
What led to the unusual union? Apparently Kondo had trouble interacting with women due to a traumatizing experience at work.
Ten years ago, Kondo was on the receiving end of workplace bullying by female superiors. The experience scarred him to the point that he lost trust in women in general. He was also suspended from work as a result, reports Unilad.
During these unhappy moments of his life, he found the sweet voice of the virtual singer comforting, which led to him develop a romantic connection to the character. Over the years, Kondo accumulated a large collection of Miku merchandise including a hologram gadget called Gatebox, which projects an interactive Miku hologram.
Whatever reactions or criticisms Kondo will get for his decision, for the time being it appeared the man couldn’t be happier at this point in his life.