Japanese Man Maintains 10-Year Relationship with Hologram of Virtual Singer

Akihiko Kondo, a Japanese man, married a virtual singer Hatsune Miku in 2018, highlighting the growing phenomenon of emotional attachments to fictional entities in the digital age.

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Japanese Man Maintains 10-Year Relationship with Hologram of Virtual Singer

Japanese Man Maintains 10-Year Relationship with Hologram of Virtual Singer

Akihiko Kondo, a 38-year-old Japanese man, made headlines in 2018 when he became the first person in the world to marry a fictional, non-existent character - the virtual singer Hatsune Miku. Kondo had maintained an idyllic relationship with Miku, who was virtually born in 2007, bidding farewell, greeting, and discussing work with her every day.

Aware at university that he would never have anything with a real woman, Kondo decided to embrace fiction as the only way to have a relationship. In 2017, he purchased a Gatebox device that allowed him to interact with Hatsune Miku's hologram, further solidifying his decision to hold a wedding ceremony with the character in 2018. The marriage was unofficial but Kondo has since given lectures about his relationship and identified as a "fictosexual."

Why this matters: Kondo's unique relationship with a virtual character highlights the growing phenomenon of people forming emotional attachments to fictional entities, raising questions about the nature of love and companionship in an increasingly digital world. As technology continues to progress, the boundaries between reality and virtual reality may become increasingly blurred, potentially leading to more cases like Kondo's in the future.

However, the marriage turned out badly as the company that made it possible for Miku to respond properly, Gatebox, stopped updating the technology due to a lack of people wishing to marry virtual dolls. Despite knowing that he will not get a response from Miku again, Kondo still loves her and has dinner in front of her every night.

In 2023, Kondo founded the General Incorporated Association of Fictosexuality to help the public's understanding of the subject. As of October 2023, he is a public school administrator living in Tokyo. There are speculations that the future for this couple might lie in the metaverse or ChatGPT, where their human and cybernetic souls could potentially meet again in cyberspace to continue this love story characteristic of the 21st century.

Kondo's story serves as an attestation to the power of technology in shaping human relationships and the potential for virtual entities to provide companionship and emotional fulfillment. As he stated in a lecture, "I believe we must consider all kinds of love and all kinds of happiness." While his relationship with Miku may be unconventional, it emphasizes the evolving nature of love and connection in an increasingly digital age.

Key Takeaways

  • Akihiko Kondo, 38, married virtual singer Hatsune Miku in 2018.
  • Kondo embraced fiction as the only way to have a relationship.
  • Kondo's marriage turned bad as Gatebox stopped updating Miku's technology.
  • Kondo founded the General Incorporated Association of Fictosexuality in 2023.
  • Kondo's story highlights the evolving nature of love in the digital age.