Japanese men dating pillow cases
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Some Japanese men are wooing girlfriends who don’t exist.
While they can only interact with their partner through a pre-written script, these virtual beauties — Rinko, Manaka or Nene — offer a kind of instant emotional connection at the tap of a stylus.
These games have remained a distinctly Japanese trend, though.
It’s the subset of a growing video game culture that has dominated the country’s development since the 1980s.
When asked what he was looking for in a woman, he said he wanted someone who appreciates his hobbies.
”D’Aki teamed up with Swiss science writer Roland Fischer and together, they sought to go beyond the existing online conversation.If a woman who dates a gay man is called a beard, a woman who dates a pillow-lover is a...?A Japanese journalist named Maki Fukasawa has dubbed timid, young Japanese men "herbivores," but if I'm correctly recognizing the looks on some of those girlfriend pillow's faces, "pillovore" seems more apt.They wanted someone who accepted them as they were.”For others like Masano, who has been dating the character called Rinko since 2009, the ease and surety of a virtual girlfriend qualms the fear of failure in the real dating sphere.“He said something that struck me as a little bit sad,” d’Aki says.The girls can kiss, “hold” a player’s hand, exchange flirtatious text messages and even snap out in anger if the player leaves a conversation.It’s one of Japan’s biggest gaming phenomenons called Love Plus - available on the Nintendo portable consoles and the i Phone.“There is no friction in these relationships, obviously,” says Loulou d’Aki, a Swedish photographer who documented a number of Japanese players earlier this year.Read: Lonely Japanese Turn To Dolls For Companionship, Intercourse The pillow is for men who aren't really into exposing themselves to the awful, painful, no-win, time-consuming thing called real ladies, but who still like a little comfort.You can see what one looks like in the photo above, and Slippery Brick can give you the rundown of what's going on with this twin-breasted, one-armed bandita.“When you Google ‘Japan’ and ‘love’, you find all these articles about lonely people who never get married,” she says. I wanted to show the human aspect, the individual stories behind those who use these applications.”Her images reveal the secret lives of thirty-somethings who have accepted living alone instead of looking for love.They share a common yearning for connection and found it on a touch screen.