Sticker Me Beautiful: Purikura

Interview

Friday, August 30, 2013

Kurt Andersen lands in Tokyo's Shibuya — glitzy and bustling, it makes Times Square look quaint, and it’s the epicenter of teen culture. Kurt meets up with blogger Lisa Katayama, who takes Kurt to a girl haven: the sticker picture booth. Striking poses against glittery pink and purple backdrops just might be Japan's secret to happiness.

→ See a video and a slideshow of Kurt and Lisa's visit to a sticker picture booth below

(Originally aired: February 6, 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video: Kurt Andersen Visits Tokyo's Sticker Picture Booths

 

Slideshow: Kurt and Lisa's Sticker Picture Booth Adventure

The “purikura,” or sticker picture booth, is a popular hang-out for Japanese girls.
Leital Molad

The “purikura,” or sticker picture booth, is a popular hang-out for Japanese girls.

Purikura allow users to customize their photos by inserting text and graphics.
Leital Molad

Purikura allow users to customize their photos by inserting text and graphics.

Once the pictures are decorated, the booth prints out two sheets of teeny tiny stickers.
Leital Molad

Once the pictures are decorated, the booth prints out two sheets of teeny tiny stickers.

Kurt and Lisa are transformed into “sweet beautiful girls.”
Leital Molad

Kurt and Lisa are transformed into “sweet beautiful girls.”

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    Album: Mini Album
    Label: Philter Records
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  3. Tonori No Totoro
    Artist: "My Neighbor Totoro"
    Album: (taken from film)
    Label: Disney
    Purchase: Amazon
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    Label:
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    Album: (taken from film)
    Label: Disney

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