Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Crazy Photo Booth

While visiting "Main Place", a shopping mall in Naha, we came across some crazy Japanese photo booths. Picture the typical photo booth you have in the US, the box with a curtain where you go in and have your picture taken, but then take it to an extreme. You take a bunch of pictures, and then you run around to the other side of the photo booth where there is a digital display with light-pen touch screens. You then get to "enhance" your photos - but it's all done with a timer ticking away, and two people can edit the photos at once, so you end up racing to make as many silly changes to the photos as you can before the time runs out.

Since we are looking for the complete Japanese experience, we couldn't just walk past the photo booth without using it. It was a bit interesting to try to figure out what all the buttons on the touch screen did since it was all in Japanese. Here's a sample of my favorite photos from the batch.