Who needs a flesh and blood woman when you can marry a character generated by a computer?
This was the thinking of Akihiko Kondo, who has married a hologram/plushie of Hatsune Miku - the Japanese virtual idol who became the star of a multimedia franchise.
The Japanese Times reported that Akihiko Kondo spent over fifteen thousand dollars on a ceremony where he wed a doll of Hatsune Miku in front of forty guests. Kondo's mother declined her invitation to the event.
Akihiko Kondo claims to have fallen in love with the hologram version of Hatsune Miku that he keeps in his expensive personal computer.
These kinds of hologrammatic brides can be purchased in the form of Gatebox devices, which broadcast a hologram of your waifu. The device will send you text messages, will give you weather updates, and will switch the lights on when you come home.
Akihiko Kondo's marriage to Hatsune Miku isn't legally binding and is more of a ceremonial event, so you are free to pursue your own wedding plans with Ms. Miku if you want.
The marriage certificate was issued by Gatebox, which confirms that their love crosses the boundaries of the dimensions. This is just one of 3,700 similar certificates that the company has issued to fans who married their Gatebox product.
Akihiko Kondo claims that he has had bad experiences with "3D" women in the past, which is what prompted him to fall into Hatsune Miku's waiting arms. A virtual woman can't hurt you after all (unless you happen to be Lara Croft's butler and the freezer door is open).
Hatsune Miku started out as the mascot of a piece of Vocaloid software. She would find success as the star of different manga series and several rhythm-based video games.
Hatsune Miku also appeared as a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, where Letterman had the look of a man who was experiencing an acid flashback but was trying to pretend that everything was ok.
Hatsune Miku is also sixteen years old, but that just happens to be the legal age of consent for marriage for girls in Japan, so Akihiko Kondo won't be receiving any visits from Chris Hansen anytime soon.