Puri Kura

Puri Kura in Osaka July 2011

 One of the most wonderfully strange and endlessly entertaining things about Japan is Puri Kura. Vanity in its most funnest of forms. These are photo booths where you can become a far prettier human/ animal than you really are. Simply by adding white skin (which is all the rage in Asia), bigger eyes, color contacts, shiny lips, rosy skin then some sparkles and gems you can quite quickly turn yourself into a dolly. Not only can you beautify things but you can make a boring picture explode into something really quite spectacular. There are dozens of folders of things to add to spark up your photo, pretty borders, the date to mark an event, some quotes, a heart or 7, a sparkle or 70, cupcakes, fairy’s, cats and kittens….. They are highly addictive and an essential part of Japanese life for all ages, but extremely popular among the teens… foreigners seem to really really enjoy it too!

Puri Kura 10th July, Aomori

400yen (just over 3euro) for a strip of photos that you can keep in your wallet or stick to your phone. It’s a great thing to do when you go on a trip,  a personal memory that you can keep forever, it will always be close to remind you where you were, when where you there, who you were with and how much fun you had! I know I will love having these for years to come but right now they give me just as much joy, every time I see them they make me laugh.

Puri Kura Photo BoothsPuri Kura Osaka July 2011


Hirosaki Cherry Blossom, April 2011

Puri Kura Strip


Tokyo July 2010 Puri Kura


Puri Kura, Osaka July 2011


Draw Your Cute Friend

Students Drawing


The Japanese are neat and cute in every way. The clothes they wear, the lunch boxes they make, the cars they drive, the way they talk and bow and sit so quiet and peacefully. They are a nation of a lower height average which automatically adds to being cute. Japanese love making documents and they adore the stationary that goes with the document making. Folders, pens and clips are not boring, they are AMAZINGLY fun…and cute. I’ll never belong to this world, as I said before I’m too tall and probably too load and there is also a good chance I am too messy, but I can sit tall on the outside and admire it with so much love and appreciation.

I have always enjoyed drawing but here watching the students draw pictures almost gives me more joy then drawing myself, they draw lines that match and make perfect pictures. A fifteen minute exercise last week was to draw you friend that you just interviewed and wrote a profile about. Look at these beauties….

Nishi koko Students


Nishi koko StudentsNishi koko Students


Nishi koko Students