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Everything You Need To Know About Japan's Amazing Photo Booths

Welcome to the bizarre and adorable world of purikura.

Posted on January 22, 2016, at 3:43 a.m. ET

In a lot of neighborhoods in Tokyo, you can find multi-floor arcades. Usually, one of those floors is dedicated to purikura machines.

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Purikura is short for purintokurabu or "print clubs" and they're essentially photo booths.

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First, you and a couple friends pile into one of them.

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And follow the signs. This one said, "step into the place if you want to be taken more beautifully," and like, I figure I can always look more beautiful.

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So the machine takes your photo a few times, but the real fun starts afterwards.

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That's when you can start decking your photos out in all kinds of crazy stuff.

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Here's how our first photo came out.

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A lot of the machines have different themes.

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This one had a green screen inside.

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Before it starts it also makes you pick a bunch of poses that you're going to do in the photos.

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And then afterwards, it lets you brighten your eyes.

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Or even completely change the shape of your eyes.

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You can add background patterns.

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And then you end up with something like this!

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Purikura is a big deal in Tokyo and it's super easy to spend an afternoon running around taken crazy photos of yourself. A lot of places have a costume rack.

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Hop in the booth, customize, and...

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Voila!

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The machines send big photos to your email or phone and they also print out these huge collages.

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The machines made all of us look super cute, but we all agreed that BuzzFeed Japan's deputy editor, Daichi, definitely came out looking the cutest.

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