Saturday, November 8, 2008

Japanese Love Dolls

I found this article on the net and previously i have seen a documentry about Japanese men and the Love Dolls they can buy.

There is a video by Reuters explaining how the dolls where first made around 30 years ago for handicapped men, now anyone can buy them.

One man called Ta-Bo, has dozens upon dozens of dolls, many of which are carefully arranged on his living room sofa patiently awaiting his return from work. (He says "hi" to them when he walks in!)

Ta-Bo has spent over $170,000 (USD)on his collection (dolls can cost as much as $6,000(USD) each), he owns dolls with various haircolors and facial features.

As Ta-Bo explains "A human girl can cheat on you or betray you sometimes but these dolls never do those things. They belong to me one-hundred percent."

Now a Japanese man has enlisted hundreds of people in a campaign to allow marriages between humans and cartoon characters, saying he feels more at ease in the "two-dimensional world."

Marriage is meanwhile on the decline as many young Japanese find it difficult to find life partners.

Taichi Takashita launched an online petition aiming for one million signatures to present to the government to establish a law on marriages with cartoon characters.

Within a week he has gathered more than 1,000 signatures through the Internet.

He has listed no contact details, making it impossible to reach him for comment to explain if his campaign is serious or tongue-in-cheek.
But some people signing the petition are true believers.

"For a long time I have only been able to fall in love with two-dimensional people and currently I have someone I really love," one person wrote.

"Even if she is fictional, it is still loving someone. I would like to have legal approval for this system at any cost," the person wrote.

Japan only permits marriage between human men and women and gives no legal recognition to same-sex relationships.

Japan's fans of comic books, or "manga," sometimes go to extremes.

Earlier this month, a woman addicted to manga put out an online message seeking to kill her parents for asking her to throw away comic books that filled up three rooms.

Prime Minister Taro Aso is an avid fan of manga and recently complained that he has been too busy to read comic books since taking office.