Mom Mom Akihiko Kondo rejecting the invitation to the marriage of her only son, last month in Tokyo, but perhaps not surprising: he was going to marry a hologram.
"For my mother, something was not worth celebrating," said the 35-year-old man, whose "wife" is a virtual reality player of the name Hatsune Miku.
In fact, there is not one of Wales' relatives Kondo attended his marriage with Miku, A 16-year-old cartoon with eyes like long blue saucers and ponytails.
But that did not give Kondo the best of spending two million yen ($ 17,600) at a formal ceremony in Aberystwyth Tokyo. He saw around 40 guests that he gave the "I do" to Miku, present in the form of an animal that had a cat size.
"I've never cheated her, I've been in love with Miku," he told AFP a week after the marriage. "I've thought of it every day." Kondo lives from March with a hikramram of Miku that moves and speaks from a desktop device worth 2,800 dollars.
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Kondo is considered a married man as anyone else. Her wife-hologram wakes up in the morning and says "great fun" when going to her post as a school administrator.
In the afternoon, when she tells her on the phone that he returns home, he turns on the lights. Then, let you know when it's time to go to sleep. She sleeps next to the version after she was stuffed by Miku who was in the wedding and now worn the wedding band on her left wrist.
Kondo does not care that his marriage does not have a legal basis. He even took the Miku stuffing a jewelry shop to buy the circle. Also, Gatebox, the company that produces the device hologram where Miku flees, he gave a "marriage certificate" where he says that a human and virtual character is married "beyond the dimensions".
Kondo it is not alone and back to it, Gatebox has published more than 3,700 "interdimensional" marriage certificates. The way from Kondo to Miku came after several difficult meetings with girls when she was a teenager crazy about anime.
"Women used to say dead, obeake disgust!" He remembers, using the term Japan for anime followers who could have a negative direction.
Being older already, he says that a former job maker disturbed him until he caused a nervous analysis and decided that she would never marry.
That would not be unusual today Japan. In 1980, only one in 50 men who reached the age of 50 had never been married. At present, the ratio is one in four.
But in the end, Kondo realized he had been in love with Miku for more than a decade and decided to marry her.
"Miku is the girl I love and also the one who rescues me," he said. And while Kondo recognizes that he likes to be friends with a "woman in 3D", he does not have an interest in a romantic relationship with a real one. The two-dimensional characters can not deceive, can not age nor die, he says.
Even in a country with an anime obsession, Kondo's wedding was astonished at many people. But he wants to be recognized as a "sexual minority" who can not imagine dating a real wife. (AFP)