TOKYO, Japan (NBC News) – Domo arigato, Mr. and Mrs. Roboto.
Just when you think you’d seen everything, a Japanese man has virtually married a virtual reality character.
At a ceremony in Tokyo earlier this month, Akihiko Kondo declared his marriage to a virtual reality star developed by a Japanese music technology form.
For the occasion, he used a doll to represent the character.
The 35-year-old middle school employee threw an 18,000 wedding. With nearly 50 guests looking on, he lifted the veil and kissed the bride doll.
A week after the ceremony, Kondo came home from work and was greeted by the holographic projection of the love of his life. She literally lit up and welcomed him home.
The two can converse with simple phrases and songs.
Kondo says the fact she is not a physical person has not stopped him from finding happiness in the arrangement.
He says some friends encouraged him, while others accused him of being creepy. Some even accused him of contributing to the decline in Japan’s population.
Kondo says he was convinced from an early age that he would stay single all his life.
His parents declined to attend the virtual wedding ceremony.