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Japanese man ‘marries’ a virtual reality singing hologram (and his mother is not happy about it)

A Japanese man has married his virtual reality hologram this month during a ceremony in Tokyo.

Akihiko Kondo, 35, spent ¥2 million (£13645.50) on a formal ceremony at a Tokyo hall to Hatsune Miku, an animated 16-year-old hologram with saucer eyes and lengthy aquamarine pigtails.

Mr Kondo’s mother, along with all of is relatives, refused an invitation to her only son’s wedding.

‘I never cheated on her, I’ve always been in love with Miku-san,’ he said, using a honorific that is commonly employed in Japan, even by friends.

‘I’ve been thinking about her every day,’ he told AFP a week after the wedding.

Since March, Mr Kondo has been living with a moving, talking hologram of Miku that floats in a $2,800 desktop device.

While Mr Kondo's marriage to Miku may not have any legal standing that does not bother him

While Mr Kondo’s marriage to Miku may not have any legal standing that does not bother him

‘I’m in love with the whole concept of Hatsune Miku but I got married to the Miku of my house,’ he said, looking at the blue image glowing in a capsule.

‘Drop dead, creepy otaku!’

He considers himself an ordinary married man – his holographic wife wakes him up each morning and sends him off to his job as an administrator at a school.

In the evening, when he tells her by cellphone that he’s coming home, she turns on the lights. Later, she tells him when it’s time to go to bed.

He sleeps alongside the doll version of her that attended the wedding, complete with a wedding ring that fits around her left wrist.

Mr Kondo considers himself an ordinary married man whose holographic wife wakes him up each morning and sends him off to his job. He wants to be recognised as a 'sexual minority' who can't imagine dating a flesh-and-blood woman

Mr Kondo’s marriage might not have any legal standing, but that doesn’t bother him.

He even took his Miku doll to a jewellery shop to get the ring.

And Gatebox, the company that produces the hologram device featuring Miku, has issued a ‘marriage certificate’, which certifies that a human and a virtual character have wed ‘beyond dimensions’.

Mr Kondo’s not alone either: he says Gatebox has issued more than 3,700 certificates for ‘cross-dimension’ marriages and some people have sent him supportive messages.

‘There must be some people who can’t come forward and say they want to hold a wedding. I want to give them a supportive push,’ he says.

 

Mr Kondo sleeps alongside a doll version of Miku that attened the wedding, complete with a wedding ring

It’s official: Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul in June

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Floyd Mayweather will be facing YouTuber Logan Paul in a boxing exhibition battle on June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida.
  • Paul’s brother, Jake, said that the fight is a “terrible idea.”
  • Mayweather, who has a 50-0 boxing record, is expected to be the match’s winner.

And the boxing match is on. Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul will officially meet in the ring on June 6.

The exhibition match will be held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, which will be televised via Showtime pay-per-view. The bout was initially scheduled on February 20 which was indefinitely postponed. It was then set on June 5 but was eventually moved the following day.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, the undercard bout will be a rematch of Badou Jack and Jean Pascal. In December 2019, Pascal defeated Jack via split decision.

On the past agreed fight terms, Mayweather will need to weigh in below 160 pounds, while Paul should weigh not higher than 190 pounds.

Mayweather, who retired from the sports with a 50-0 record, last had a bout on New Year’s Eve of 2018. He won in an exhibition match against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa via first-round TKO.

The 44-year-old former pound-for-pound boxing champion had his last professional bout against UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017, where he won via 10th round TKO.

On the other hand, Paul had two boxing bouts, consisting of one exhibition and one professional match. He won against fellow YouTuber KSI.

Obviously, the public would unanimously pick Mayweather as the winner of this bout. Even Jake, Paul’s brother, said that his sibling is “f***ed.” Jake, who just defeated former UFC fighter Ben Askren, said that fighting Mayweather is a “terrible idea.”

The fight is anticipated to hit enormous pay-per-views, given the popularity of Mayweather in addition to the social media following of Paul. The match, however, is not expected to be action-packed as we all know that they will mainly face each other on the ring just to fatten their pockets.

Source: Yahoo News

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