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.
Weather Girls [...] have been born out of Taiwanese culture where so many creators have been influenced by Japanese culture, like games and anime.
On top of that, a performance that involves dancing while announcing the weather is fresh and interesting, so the girls have individuality.
Many see it as just a game and can easily distinguish between the computerized and reality, while others are perpetually stuck in a love loop, desperately waiting for the next update of the game.
“He said something that struck me as a little bit sad,” d’Aki says.“The girls behave very sweetly with the guys in what they say, how they respond to them, and with big eyes and heart-shaped faces—who wouldn’t want that?”D’Aki teamed up with Swiss science writer Roland Fischer and together, they sought to go beyond the existing online conversation.“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.
“He said, ‘Well, you know all I want is someone to say good morning to in the morning and someone to say goodnight to at night.’”These feelings are not limited to Japanese men – game developers have also released romance simulations that cater to women .