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According to , 37.6 percent of those surveyed by the government said they had no interest in a romantic partner, and most of them cited "bothersome" as their biggest reason for shunning relationships.But virtual relationships are another matter entirely, and some Japanese men favor virtual companions like Rinko, Nene and Manaka of Konami’s players can adjust the girls’ moods and personalities to suit their preferences, exchange romantic emails and buy gifts.
Kosaki, a former player, stopped playing when the developer stopped updating the Nintendo DS version of the game.In 2010, players could even rent rooms for themselves and their consoles during a promotion between Konami and hotels in Japan’s Atami resort town.Women tend to prefer , Swedish photographer Loulou d’Aki and writer Roland Fischer explore the engrossing subculture of virtual romance gaming."It took a great deal of time and patience, but in the end it worked out fine," d’Aki says. While some players realize its a game, others live in a world somewhere between reality and fantasy.A gamer named Masano has been dating his virtual girlfriend since 2009 and brings his console everywhere he goes.Working primarily in Tokyo, d’Aki and Fischer spent a month interviewing players and attending events associated with and its ilk.
The photographer was interested in the real life stories of people who choose simulated romance.
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4-9-23 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 81 3 3440 2595 昨日行った #プラネタリウムバー 🍹 飲みながら星が見れるなんて素敵🌠 真っ暗過ぎて写真撮れなかったから これはネットから拾った画像だけど🔞 ほんと良かった💗眠くなったけど😴 そして周りにはカップルしかいなかった #planetariumbar#planetarium#bar #プラネタリウム#バー#白金台 A post shared by Miho Shimazu (@shimazuccho) on Kneel down on the tatami and dig into this refreshingly unique eatery’s specialty: loaches, prepared just as they were during the Edo Period.
3-2-9 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 81 3 3343 6622 While Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea get most of the attention, the adorable Sanrio Puroland is a must-see for lovers of kawaii culture.
Sanrio are the makers of the queen of cute, Hello Kitty, along with favorites Pom Pom Purin, Little Twin Stars and My Melody.
She wanted to look beyond the stereotypes and stigmas.