Purikura, a short term for “Purinto Kurabu”, actually means Print Club that started in Japan in the ‘90s. There is no doubt Japan culture loves cute things and Purikura is one of the creative outlets producing extremely “kawaii” souvenir photographs.
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Purikura is simply a photo booth that allows you to take digital images which you can edit afterwards and have the images printed as stickers. Popular among high school girls, Purikura is almost everywhere in Japan. Usually, you can find one in arcade places.
You can select from different photo booth machines having different themes. It is a fun activity for group of friends as everyone can participate in decorating the photo with the use of stylus or pen tool in a touch screen monitor. And take note, there are a lot of crazy options to choose from to edit the images! Printed in a sticker paper, several copies of the photos are generated that can be cut and shared.
Purikura at Joypolis in HEP (Hankyu Entertainment Park) Five Building
HEP located in Umeda in Osaka actually houses a hundred of fashion retail shops, restaurants and even amusement facilities such as Joypolis.
Joypolis offers arcade games, amusement rides and yes, Purikura. Here, they have several photo booth machines that you can enjoy. This is where our group get to try Purikura.
- Apart from simply choosing background, editing of the photos can include changing the hair color, making the skin look brighter and smoother and even changing the shape of the eyes (and many more!).
- Several clip arts like hearts can be added in the photo as well. You can also write whatever text you like or draw freehand.
- When posing, you can even have the hair-flying-in-the-wind effect (may not be present in all machines).
- Sometimes, too much editing especially modifying your facial features can make your image look a little odd or strange.
- You can send a digital copy of the images to your e-mail.
- Step 1: Enter your chosen photo booth.
- Step 2: Put needed amount ofmoney in the machine to get started.
- Step 3: Once you drop that yen, you will be prompted to select some options (this may vary from one machine to another) to set up before (and after) your Purikura proper like background and photo layout. Every course of action is time limited so better make up your mind immediately otherwise the machine will choose a random option for you.
- Step 4: Nail the perfect poses! For those in groups, check if everyone fits in the screen. Be sure to project that best kawii image before the time lapses.
- Step 5: Now you’ve come to the coolest part, editing! Make those eyes bigger and skin fairer! Add some clip arts. Write messages or better yet, draw!
- Step 6: Wait for the machine to dispense the photo stickers.
- Step 7: Cut the photos and share with friends. There is a designated area (outside the booth) where you can cut the stickers.
- Be sure to get settled first before hitting start because every action is time constraint. Comb your hair and keep your bags or any unnecessary belongings out of the camera’s reach.
- Read the instructions and carefully (and quickly) select from the options given.
- If you run out of time choosing a specific option (e.g. photo layout), the machine will randomly pick one for you.
- Interactive, creative and fun.
- Perfect kawaii souvenir!
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