Brace yourself Japan! You have some new, fully fledged members of society with truly outrageous fashion.
Remember when people were doing pouty duck lips? In Japan, the pouty-faced look has evolved. The result is "Sparrow Face."
Over the years, sticker picture ("purikura" or "print club" in Japanese) machines in arcades have offered an array of features. They've removed blemishes for perfect skin and have even sported virtual hair extensions. But one trend hasn't gone away: big eyes.
Mysterious. Enigmatic. Mona Lisa might called a lot of things, but cute isn't one of them. Until now.
In 1995, video game Atlus maker changed game centers forever when its first sticker picture (called "purikura" in Japanese) machine Print Club exploded onto the arcade scene.
Girls only. Japan's Asahi Shimbun has an article about how Japanese arcades are banning men from sticker picture machines. Why'd they do that?
Anyone who has been to a Japanese arcade has seen sticker booths. Popular with young girls, sticker pictures these days can be downloaded straight to cell phones. That, and put on chocolate wrappers. Yum.
Cute, glossy and girly. Yep, sticker pictures! Back in the mid-1990s, game developer Atlus (along with Sega) introduced the world to Print Club. The arcade machine let gals take snaps with buddies and printed them out on glossy sticker paper. Huge trend throughout the rest of the decade! That pic up there? That's not…
*Sigh* Yes, that's a sticker picture of me and Koakuma Ageha fashion model Rina Sakurai. Interviewed her in late April for work! Nice girl, very smart. Her blog is here.
Wondering what the latest purikura (sticker pictures) trend hitting Japanese arcades is? Click over to Wired for a blink-and-you'll-miss-it short…