Purikara beauty, a seal print from the beauty booth in Osaka
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Japan in Haiku 2: Beautiful Technology

Beautiful Technology

Booths dispense good looks.
Print yourself a smooth new face.
Cheat time..while you wait.

We venture out into Osaka and end up in a giant mall where women in kimonos greet us at the door with clasped hands and deep bows. We wander around disoriented and find a floor virtually devoted to beauty. But there are no make-up counters here, just special photo booths known as purikara. There are dozens of them, with queues of Japanese girls outside, patiently waiting to be made younger, prettier and more wide eyed on a set of printed ‘seals’.

Of course we have a go and discover we have already acquired Hello Kitty eyes. Do you think we look cute? Or as they say here “Kawaii desu ne?”

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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