The Joy of Japanese プリクラ (Tokyo 13.09)

In Japan, photo booth photos are not just for passports and driving licences. Instead, special プリクラ (purikura) photo booths allow you to take silly photos with your friends and edit/decorate them before printing them and distributing them among yourselves. The booths have tools to make your skin whiter, your eyes bigger, your eyelashes longer, your lips redder - whatever you want, there's probably a tool for it. The result? A "cute" (or slightly alienesque) photo of you and your buddies. These are some of the photos I took during my stay in Japan last summer. Personally, I think I look like an alien - no one's eyes should be that big! - but my friends insist I look adorable. These photo booths aren't only found in Japan. While the idea originated in Japan, they're also really popular in other parts of Asia; particularly in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Whether you think it's wonderful or pure madness, a trip to Japan isn't complete without a sheet of sticker pictures!

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