Purikura and Pretty Faces

Brace yourselves! A few clicks here and there and bam!.. instant beautification.

I remember cramming into those little photo booths at the mall with my friends back in junior high and taking silly photos making goofy faces and all. Yes, we were teenagers once.

Times have not changed. At least not with us. We still make faces and have tons of fun cramming people into a small booth, but nowadays, they’re more popular at weddings than shopping malls.

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In Japan, however, they’ve managed to bring back that mall-time fun with a modern, futuristic machine known as Purikura (or print club)! Gerard and I spent the day ducking from the rain in Kyoto. We wandered around and stumbled upon this place and decided to kill some time in hopes that the rain would stop.

Neither of us had any idea what we were getting ourselves into so we shadowed Japanese girls for a good 20 minutes until we got the hang of it.

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We clearly didn’t dress the part but we figured the machine would make us pretty any how so didn’t sweat our bummy, backpacker attire. Not that we needed much digital enhancement to begin with but, I mean, it couldn’t hurt. See for yourself. Here’s us before, baggy eyes, blotchy face and all.

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A few clicks and seconds later.. this is us AFTER!

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Don’t we look polished?!.. Puss n Boots eyes and all?!! Look at our silky smooth hair and Cover Girl skin! And did you notice? They took my flat, Asian nose and made it.. Japanese? I really don’t know what they did to my nose but I like it.

I look fourteen again! And look at Gerard? I didn’t think it was possible for him to look any younger than he already does now.

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Once you’re photos are taken, you have the chance to edit and enhance them even further! You can pick a themed background including color and print style. You can insert characters, choose different settings and even change your outfits!

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We lightened our skin, dyed our hair even added emoticons including cheesy stuff like Bam! and happy faces and stars, squiggly lines and bow ties and glasses.

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After a good 20 minutes of editing, here are the final result! We each walked away with a print and was even able to email ourselves a copy to share with friends and family online!

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We struggled on our first session with the editing being timed and all, but had so much fun we did it again in Tokyo!

What do you think of our new, purikura polished looks?

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  • http://twitter.com/AndiPerullo Andi Perullo, L.Ac.

    How much fun, love the shots!

  • http://twitter.com/AndiPerullo Andi Perullo, L.Ac.

    How much fun, love the shots!

  • http://twitter.com/TheWrldWanderer The World Wanderer

    How fun! I love photo booths, and this looks right up my alley. You guys look adorable!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Aww thanks! I forgot how much fun photo booths are. It’s been a while.. hehe

  • The World Wanderer

    How fun! I love photo booths, and this looks right up my alley. You guys look adorable!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Aww thanks! I forgot how much fun photo booths are. It’s been a while.. hehe

  • http://twitter.com/WorkMomTravels Francesca

    That looks so fun!! Cute pics, too, but I can’t believe how it changed your nose in that one pic, Kieu. Crazy!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Right?! I was pretty amazed. Too bad I didn’t get to keep it. 😀

  • Francesca

    That looks so fun!! Cute pics, too, but I can’t believe how it changed your nose in that one pic, Kieu. Crazy!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Right?! I was pretty amazed. Too bad I didn’t get to keep it. 😀

  • http://twitter.com/mrsoaroundworld Ana Silva O’Reilly

    I love this! No idea these existed 🙂 fab pics!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yup! Those Japanese.. they come up with everything. Haha

  • @mrsoaroundworld

    I love this! No idea these existed 🙂 fab pics!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yup! Those Japanese.. they come up with everything. Haha

  • http://twitter.com/thatbackpacker Audrey Bergner

    These are fun! I’ve wanted to go into one of these booths in Seoul, but I think I would struggle with everything being in Korean!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      We had that problem with everything being in Japanese.. lol. Just wing’d it and surprisingly, it turned out alright. Do it! Is is different over there?

  • Audrey

    These are fun! I’ve wanted to go into one of these booths in Seoul, but I think I would struggle with everything being in Korean!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      We had that problem with everything being in Japanese.. lol. Just wing’d it and surprisingly, it turned out alright. Do it! Is is different over there?

  • lola

    i want to do this!! so so fun

  • lola

    i want to do this!! so so fun

  • JacknJillTravel

    Dude, that is sooo awesome!! How fun!

  • JacknJillTravel

    Dude, that is sooo awesome!! How fun!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    I’ve seen people with pictures like that and always wondered what it is! Thanks for revealing the practice, haha. I would totally do this in Japan, it looks like a lot of fun.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Me too.. I had no idea it was so easy, fun and cheap. Definitely give it a try if you’re in Japan. I hear they have it in S. Korea too.

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    I’ve seen people with pictures like that and always wondered what it is! Thanks for revealing the practice, haha. I would totally do this in Japan, it looks like a lot of fun.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Me too.. I had no idea it was so easy, fun and cheap. Definitely give it a try if you’re in Japan. I hear they have it in S. Korea too.

  • http://www.thepaperplanesblog.com/ Alana – Paper Planes

    This is both creepy and intriguing at the same time…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I agree.. it definitely creeeped me out at first especially when you see Gerard in his puss n boot eyes. Creeeeepy…

  • http://www.thepaperplanesblog.com/ Alana – Paper Planes

    This is both creepy and intriguing at the same time…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I agree.. it definitely creeeped me out at first especially when you see Gerard in his puss n boot eyes. Creeeeepy…

  • http://twitter.com/jettingaround Jetting Around

    “Puss n Boots eyes” hahaha. This certainly qualifies as a “memorable travel experience.” And you guys look too cute! 😀

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahaha we look weird but it was definitely a memorable and fun experience for sure. 🙂

  • http://www.jettingaround.com/ Pola

    “Puss n Boots eyes” hahaha. This certainly qualifies as a “memorable travel experience.” And you guys look too cute! 😀

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahaha we look weird but it was definitely a memorable and fun experience for sure. 🙂

  • Tracey – Life Changing Year

    Last week in Singapore right after you published this post I saw a banner for a safety company and I swear you two were on it! I’m bummed that I’ve forgotten the name of the website – I meant to look it up and see if they had their advertising on there. I think you have twins. And THIS week in Malaysia our hostel owner showed us his wedding photos. Trust me – they’d been more than a little bit purikura’d !!!!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Bahahaha that’s hilarious! I bet if we all purikura’d, we could look like one another. It’s creepy, huh? I’m totally string a machine for my wedding. Lol

  • Tracey – Life Changing Year

    Last week in Singapore right after you published this post I saw a banner for a safety company and I swear you two were on it! I’m bummed that I’ve forgotten the name of the website – I meant to look it up and see if they had their advertising on there. I think you have twins. And THIS week in Malaysia our hostel owner showed us his wedding photos. Trust me – they’d been more than a little bit purikura’d !!!!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Bahahaha that’s hilarious! I bet if we all purikura’d, we could look like one another. It’s creepy, huh? I’m totally string a machine for my wedding. Lol

  • http://twitter.com/LaViajeraMorena La Viajera Morena

    I should have gone for the photo booths in Japan. Next time. Cute pics ^_^

  • http://www.culturalxplorer.com/ Chanel | Cultural Xplorer

    I should have gone for the photo booths in Japan. Next time. Cute pics ^_^

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