First-ever robot wedding takes place in Japan (VIDEO)
The ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ are Frois, a robotic creation from iconic company Maywa Denki, and humanoid Yukirin, an android made in the likeness of a Japanese pop idol Yuki Kashiwagi, and developed by Takayuki Todo.
The robots officially tied the knot in a full wedding ceremony, complete with a cake, a (robot) wedding band and even a kiss.
Marrying the robotic couple was likewise a robot – Pepper, who was developed by Aldebaran for Softbank. It actually tends to customers’ needs on a daily basis at the company’s mobile phone stores in Tokyo.
Frois’s head is said to have been inspired by a bath stool, while there are considerably more sensible claims to fame by Yukirin, whose real version can be seen fronting the famous girl band AKB48. For the wedding, and possibly, for copyright reasons, the organizers had to change her name to Roborin.
A crowd gathered to watch the pair stroll down the aisle at central Tokyo’s Aoyama Cay on June 27. They had to dish out $81 for the pleasure of witnessing the ‘holy union.’
Mayway Denki – the creators – is a legend in modern-day Japan. Two brothers, Masamichi and Novmbichi Tosa, started it as an art unit back in 1993. At the start of their rise to fame the duo was incorporated into Sony Music Entertainment.
The pair – who wear blue costumes symbolic of Japan’s small to medium electronic stores in their heyday – was officially nominated as a cultural envoy for the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan in 2013, as they celebrated their 20th anniversary.