Comments to the agency’s posts that propose marriage are regularly deleted by staff.Spokeswomen Léonie Roux told the Post generic examples of such responses include, but are not limited to, “Looking for wife in Canada” and “I want a wife, I want to give you a call.” Part of the trouble is the account username, “Women in Canada.” While this accurately reflects the agency’s area of focus, Roux said, it causes some users to make false assumptions.For d’Aki, it’s easy to see how the game had appeal in Japan.“You have these grown-up men in their suits with briefcases, leaving their corporate jobs to read manga in the metro or play gameboy at an arcade,” she 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.
Love is there and still living if you are prepared for romance and know exactly what you want.
“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.
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.