Print Club

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Print Club.

I finally started reading Arcade Mania after it had been sitting on my book shelf for a few months, of particular fascination for me was the section about Print Club, Purinto Kurabu or Puri Kura for short. Tremendously popular in Japan, these photo sticker booths allow for photos to be digitally customised and then printed out to be collected into albums. Out of curiosity I wondered whether or not I might find such a machine in London.

Chinatown Market.

Luckily for me, I wasn’t disappointed. A few searches on Google led me to the information that there was a store in Chinatown that possessed a few machines including a natively Japanese machine. After acquiring this information my next dilemma was finding someone to join me in my flight of fancy.

Gee, Deborah, Yuki & Jeanette.

I didn’t have to wait for long before my desire to find someone coincided with a trip to London by a few friends from my University who were here to see Gackt in concert. Fortunately when broaching the idea to them, they were unanimously excited about joining my search.

Print Club.

I found the address I had written down earlier for the Chinatown Market store on Charing Cross, there was a small photo sticker booth downstairs but I remembered some advice about heading up the escalator to the booths upstairs. There we were told that the most popular machine was unsurprisingly the most expensive at £12 for a shoot. Since there were five of us however this wasn’t particularly expensive after sharing the costs.

Print Club.

The attendant explained how the booth worked, that it would count down before taking a photo and at the end of the session it would let us choose our favourites and that we were then to head over to the back of the machine to add our individual digital flourishes before printing out our pictures.

Print Club.

It turned out to be a whole lot more fun that I had expected it to be and highly recommend visiting if you’re vaguely interested and are in London any time soon. Anyway that’s all for now folks!

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  • Joe

    I did purikura loads of times while I was in Kobe last year. Much like karaoke, it's the typical thing to do on a night out with a bunch of friends in Japan. I'll try and remember to post some for you from Aomori this year.

  • That'd be awesome, good luck with the move and I look forward to hearing your tales from the East!

  • Joe

    I did purikura loads of times while I was in Kobe last year. Much like karaoke, it’s the typical thing to do on a night out with a bunch of friends in Japan. I’ll try and remember to post some for you from Aomori this year.

  • That’d be awesome, good luck with the move and I look forward to hearing your tales from the East!




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