A man in Japan said he has fallen in love with his silicone life-size love doll.
Despite the fact Senji Nakajima, 61, is married with two children, he shares an apartment with his doll Saori, the Daily Mail reports.
Although Nakajima said he enjoys his physical and romantic relationship with Saori because she isn’t "after only money," he still likes to spoil her with clothes on shopping trips.
Nakajima explained that their relationship began in 2010 while the lonely businessman worked away from home.
At first, he said, it was a purely sexual relationship. He used the doll to fulfill his fantasies of having a girlfriend.
However, after awhile, he said he developed feelings for Saori and now believes she is "more than just a doll," adding that she even has her own original personality.
"She never betrays, not after only money," he added, according to the Daily Mail. "I'm tired of modern rational humans. They are heartless."
The two reportedly enjoy romantic evenings and days out together, with Nakajima using a wheelchair to move the doll around.
In addition to sharing a bed together, the man even bathes his unusual love, dressing her in new outfits and even wigs.
"For me, she is more than a doll," he said. "Not just a silicon rubber. She needs much help, but still is my perfect partner who shares precious moments with me and enriches my life."
Nakajima is not the only man in Asia enjoying a relationship with his doll. Such unusual bonds are a part of an increasingly growing trend across the continent.
Many entrepreneurs in the region are also meeting demands for intimacy through other unusual ways.
Worldcrunch reports that one can go so far as to rent a friend in Japan. For roughly $28 an hourly, people can spend time with random friendly actors.
So far, these companies are succeeding, seeing demand from the elderly to even youths.
"Young people today are immersed in a world where they can live entirely separated from others and it’s happening right before our eyes,” psychiatrist Rika Kamaya told Worldcrunch, as she explained why some youth may be drawn to these services.
Kamaya added that smart phones and gaming consoles have contributed to the isolation; some of her patients have said they feel “lonely, even in the middle of a crowd,” and “consider establishing a real relationship with another person as an effort.”