A Japanese man has married a hologram in an intimate ceremony in Tokyo.
Akihiko Kondo wed a 16-year-old animation known as Hatsune Miku in front of 40 guests – though none of his family decided to attend the nuptials.
Since March, the 35-year-old has been living with the moving hologram and sleeps next to a doll version of Miku every night. Ahead of the ceremony, he even took his partner to choose a wedding ring.
“I’m in love with the whole concept of Hatsune Miku but I got married to the Miku of my house,” he revealed.
But he’s not the first to wed a hologram, as Gatebox – the company that produces the hologram device featuring Miku – has issued non-legal ‘cross-dimension’ marriage certificates to more than 3,700 people so far.
In light of the news, we revisit some of the most headline-gracing weddings between people and objects across the globe.
How many can you remember?
The Berlin Wall
Back in 1979, Eija-Ritta Berliner-Mauer wed nothing short of the Berlin Wall – hence her name, which translates to Mrs Berlin Wall.
She first fell for the German landmark at the tender age of seven after seeing it on the television but was of course devastated by the historic collapse of the wall in 1989. She later forged a relationship with a garden fence.
The Eiffel Tower
Another famous landmark is off the cards after ‘marrying’ Erika La Tour Eiffel in 2007 after a three-year relationship.
But the Parisian tourist hotspot isn’t the only object she has fallen for, as Erika also had feelings for the Golden Gate Bridge, a bow named Lance and the Berlin Wall.
Sadly, she was forced to end her relationship with the Eiffel Tower following the release of a documentary titled ‘Married to the Eiffel Tower’.
A body pillow
In 2010, a Korean man married his ‘dakimakura’ – which translates to a large body pillow.
Lee Jin-gyu held a commitment ceremony with the object which boasts an image of his favourite anime character, Fate Testarossa.
On the nuptials, a close friend revealed: “He is completely obsessed with this pillow and takes it everywhere. They go out to the park or the funfair where it will go on all the rides with him. Then when he goes out to eat he takes it with him and it gets its own seat and its own meal.”
Jin-gyu dressed the pillow in a gown for the ceremony which was performed by a local priest.
A Los Angeles filmmaker wanted to highlight the emotional connection people hold with their mobile phones so decided to wed his device in the Little Vegas Chapel in Nevada back in 2016.
In a video of the ceremony, Aaron Chervenak revealed: “If we’re gonna be honest with ourselves, we connect with our phones on so many emotional levels. We look to it for solace, to calm us down, to put us to sleep, to ease our minds, and to me, that’s also what a relationship is about.”
A cardboard cut-out of Robert Pattinson
In 2014, Lauren Adkins from Las Vegas tied the knot with a cardboard cut-out of actor Robert Pattinson.
Adkins was 25 at the time and told the Daily Mirror: “People might think I’m crazy but my flat-pack R-Patz is the closest I’ll get to the real thing and he’s the one for me.”
“A friend who thought I was going mad said one night: ‘If you love him so much, why don’t you marry him?’ Her words rang in my ears. She was right. Why didn’t I?”
She spent £2,000 on the nuptials held at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel before the newlyweds enjoyed a honeymoon in Los Angeles.
“I wanted us to climb up to the Hollywood sign together,” she said. “I had to carry him… but everyone makes sacrifices for the man they love, right?”
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