Huge Japanese photo booths where predominately young girls hang out for several hours to make the most cutest pictures of themselves. In Japanese they call it purikura or purinto Kurabu. A purikura photo booth is not the photo booth where you get your picture taken for your identity card. Your friends can join you inside the booth where a digital picture will be taken, that can be edited and decorated afterwards by using a stylus pen on a touch screen.
Eventually when you are done with enlarging your eyes, coloring your hair and decorating the pictures, they will be printed out. The pictures come in multiple copies what makes it easier to divided them between your friends and you. In case you have a Japanese e-mail address it is also possible to send the pictures to your e-mail or mobile phone.
Every purikura booth is different and has various options on how to decorate. The software itself will enhance your features by making your face smaller, skin brighter and eyes bigger. You are being giving the most desirable features in Japan just by snapping a picture, haha. Once you have taken the final picture you may step out of the booth and begin decorating. Countless stamps, hearts, frames, sparkles and phrases in all kinds of colors are available to decorate the picture with. Just sweep the stylus over the touch screen, click on your favorite types of decorations and place them wherever you want to.
You have a limited amount of time of decorating your pictures. When the time is up the pictures will be printed out. Some print stickers and some print on photo paper. The quality is very good and every little detail of decoration is visible. Sometimes there are areas around the pirukura booth with scissors where you can cut and divide the pictures right away.
The quantity of purikura booths is incredible. I bet that any kind of fashion style has its own purikura booth. Some stores will even have a whole floor dedicated to purikura. A lot of costumers will pick a booth based on the popularity. It is very usual to see long queues in front of booths, just because they have been featured in a popular magazine.
The first purikura I ever made was in Shibuya, 渋谷区. It was my first time in Japan and making a purikura was surely a thing on my list needed to be crossed off. Walking through the station hallways Tatsuya and me got stopped by two sweet girls asking us if we wanted to take a picture in their booth. It was free of charge so of course we said yes. There was even a chance we would be displayed on a big screen above Shibuya crossing at 5 p.m.. Silly us, we forgot to take a look! The second Purikura was in Kashiwa, 柏市. My boyfriend and I picked out a random booth called Silky. It was very cute. The third Purikura was in Takeshita street, 竹下-どり. Our friend recommended CherryCherry which has incredibly cute decoration. We made sure to use a lot of it, haha.
I noticed that both of the last two booths had good lightening inside. They both gave tips on how to pose and how to make a cute face. A big reason why are posing skills look so versatile.
The pictures most often come in sizes not bigger than your hand, but they are definitely big enough to see every detail. The prices are about 400 yen which makes it very affordable if you make one together with some friends and split the costs. /that would be less than three euros.
Here is a extra one, made in a Pokémon Purikura booth. If you want to see more about it click here.
I hope you learned something about purikura today! Have you ever made one? Or are you eager to do so one day ^_^?
Thanks for reading~