Choosing the poses for the photos

I took Maya and two friends to the Japanese neoprint shop Pretty in Tokyo at Orchard Cineleisure the other day. I had no idea this sort of thing existed but it's a huge hit with teens and pre-teens. The large photo-booths are imported from Japan and still take Japanese Yen to operate, which you exchange for your $11.

Girls especially love it as they can choose different templates for their photos stickers, and once they have posed for the camera they nip around to the editing booth to touch up their portraits. They use touch screen pens to add symbols, glitter, cute Japanese-style decorations - they can even colour their hair and add lipstick.

The touch-screen pens are fun to use

There is a time limit for use of the machine and it takes a while to figure out how to use all the functions as everything is in Japanese, but these technical wiz-kids soon get the hang of it. It would be good to have a Japanese friend with you if you really want to know what you're doing though. Don't rely on the staff to give you any clues-they couldn't care less.

Once they have finished decorating the photos, all you have to do is wait a few minutes for them to pop out. The photos are pretty tiny but perfect for decorating a wallet, phone or diary, and they are all stickers. The shop is buzzing with giggling girls who of course love the cutesy images.

Adding the finishing touches

Maya and her friends tried two different machines ($11 each) and so had two different templates to cut up and share between the three of them. They are so cute and there was even enough for me to stick a few inside my wallet.

Pretty in Tokyo is on the second level, shop #2-10. Go up the escalator, turn right and it's tucked away on the left just passed Diva.


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