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“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.

One of the earliest video games that broke the tradition is Angelique (アンジェリーク) by the Japanese company Koei, which has been regarded as one of the earliest pioneers of otome gaming.Another 48-year-old player spends one of many nights alone in his one-bedroom apartment with his console, chatting with Manaka, his e-girlfriend of five years.Some like Kosaki, stopped playing Love Plus when the Konami, the game's developer, stopped offering update to the Nintendo DS version.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.

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