A Robot Wedding in Japan

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A Robot Wedding in Japan
Mon 29-06-2015

Japan’s "robot wedding" took place over the weekend in Tokyo, during which Frois, the groom, tied the knot with his humanoid robot bride Yukirin.

Frois, a chunky red and silver robot wearing a bow tie, extended a silver disk from his mouth in order to plant an awkward kiss on Yukirin, dressed in a white dress with a large silk bow.

The wedding, officiated by Pepper, the recently launched Softbank robot able to interpret emotions, took place in front of around 100 paying guests, who had earlier received invitations with an image of the two robots encased in a heart.

After the couple were “married”, the wedding party began, complete with robot dance performances, a buffet and a tiered white cake strewn with pink petals.

The wedding was the brainchild of Maywa Denki, an avant-garde technology-focused art unit, and took place on Saturday.

Bearing in mind its status as a nation famed for its love of Western-style weddings as well as robotics, it is perhaps little surprise that Japan became the first to bring the two together by staging such an event.

Five years ago, a four-foot humanoid robot called I-Fairy conducted a real-life wedding ceremony for a couple in Tokyo, which also claimed to be the first event of its kind.