In weird news that could only come from Japan, a man recently spent 2 million yen on his wedding to a teenage singing hologram.
Meet the Bride
Hatsune Miku is a Vocaloid sound bank—in essence, a computer program that’s able to simulate a singing voice. With a catalogue of over 100,000 songs, Hatsune Miku is incredibly popular in her home country. She even made an “appearance” a few years ago on The Late Show with David Letterman.
But to be clear: Hatsune Miku is not a person. She’s an animated character with long blue pigtails, a very short miniskirt, and thigh-high black boots. And she’s supposed to be 16 years old. There’s already so much wrong with this story, and we haven’t even gotten to the wedding yet.
Meet the Groom
Ahihiko Kondo is not a hologram. He’s a 35-year-old school administrator who struggled to find love with other humans. “Girls would say ‘Drop dead, creepy otaku!” he told Japan Times after his wedding. (“Otaku” is a derogatory-ish Japanese term for a geek.) He claims that one woman bullied him so badly he had a nervous breakdown.
Then he encountered Hatunse Miku. He calls her Miku-san, and other than the fact she’s a hologram, their story is kind of sweet. He’s been in love with her for a decade. They share a house together, and he calls every night to let her know when he’ll be home from work. They share a life together… again, except for the part where she is literally a hologram of a teenage pop star.
Wedding of the Century
Move over, Harry and Meghan! This weird Japanese wedding was the true definition of timeless elegance. The groom shelled out 2 million Yen (about $17,500 US) for a lavish ceremony at Tokyo Hall. 40 guests looked on as he tenderly placed a custom wedding ring around the wrist of the small plush doll representing Miku-san.
His mother declined to attend.
Happily Ever After?
Yes, this story is crazy. But Akihiko Kondo isn’t hurting anyone by marrying a hologram. He claims that not only is his love real, but that there’s nothing wrong with it. “I believe we must consider all kinds of love and all kinds of happiness,” he told reporters. It’s hard to argue with that.