Get creative with self-portraits and full-length photos at the Purikura Photoland
on the second floor of the old mall at Sydney’s Haymarket. The self-operating photo booths come from Japan where they were developed in the late 1990s.
Japanese Style Photo Booths
Purikura is an abbreviation of Purinton Kurabu or Print Club in Japanese. The selfie photo booth is the rage in Japan, part of the kawaii or “cute” pop-culture. Its popularity has spread to Australia and other English-speaking countries. These booths are popular with teenage girls and others in Japan. Young women can take glamour shots with different hairstyles and makeup in this photo booth.
The photo booth allows you to edit your photo with different backgrounds and lighting. More than one person can appear in the photos. There is usually room for three people in a booth.
There are several types of machines to give you a different look. This is a great way to take photos with smooth skin and wide, bright eyes. You can take a photo wearing a new outfit or even a costume. You select the background you want for your editing.
Customize Your Prints
Once the photos are completed, you are directed to an editing station where the real fun begins. You can use a stylus on a touch screen along with digital stickers to put your picture into any situation. You can add stars, sparklers, dots, and other backgrounds. This is where you can add writing in bubbles or captions. You can make yourself look “otherworldly” with the editing. The finished edited photos can be printed out on stickers and cut up to give to friends.
The process is not difficult and it is a great way to entertain yourself and children. You insert payment to start the photo process on cue and you have three minutes to be photographed in different poses. You can take as many photos as you would like on different machines that offer various looks. The Purikura machines are located in an arcade with other games and machines. But they are the most popular!