|Found this set after scouring Japan these past 3 trips. Just after buying a slightly-less-cool one.|
We ended up not risking doing anything too major, and just went back to Akihabara to spend the last of our yen and play some last few games.
|My mantra for this place: I do not need any more plush toys. Repeat.|
|I wanted this so badly.|
|You can buy room interiors for your figurines and the displays are incredible.|
|Girls cosplaying as an Idol group, quite possibly selling something.|
|A juice carton punching a slice of tomato while some sort of alien looks on: This place in a nutshell.|
Finally, having whittled our money down to mere coinage, we proceeded to spend it all in one of the enormous, towering arcades that can be found seemingly every few feet.
|My highest score yet, I think!|
|We also FINALLY managed to get to a purikura booth|
In fairness these are pretty hefty pieces of kit. We went into one particularly eye-blindingly bright booth and spent about 5 minutes trying to work out where to put the money in. Turns out most modern purikura booths have 2 parts to them, the photo studio and the post-processing studio.
After blagging our way through several screens of indecipherable Japanese and panicked yelling because everything here has a timer attached to it (which I guess is fine if you can actually read what's on the screen), the touchscreen prompted for us to finally enter the booth, where we were faced with a gigantic lens attached to what I'm pretty sure was a Canon 5d. Not bad for a photobooth.
There's panels of light EVERYWHERE and a green or bluescreen descends from some hidden part of the ceiling, at which point you're prompted to start...doing something. Who knows. We probably stood there posing for a while before realising we were actually supposed to be calibrating the camera so it was the right height. A NICE ADDITION, THANK YOU.
Anyway, we muddled our way through the confusing screens, should we pose? Are we supposed to be doing something? And in the end felt pretty sure that we'd have some works of art coming our way. The thing ended and prompted us to go outside and into the other booth in order to edit our photos. Again, we were faced with too much writing and not enough understanding, and after randomly selecting a few seemingly-identical options (who knows what we chose or missed out on!) we were finally able to get on with what I knew purikura for:
Drawing all over your beautiful poses.
Really, it was more of a case of clicking randomly and hoping for the best through trial and error, which didn't work out too badly. But again, the timer was a rather looming threat. Not to mention the sheer amount of time we spent marvelling aghast at how many liberties the machine had taken with smoothing out our faces, enlarging our eyes and tidying our hair. There's two stylus pens and a touchscreen split into two, so you can maximise on your editing time by having two people hurriedly working on two photos at any one time, which is nice.
Apparently they don't expect males to use their machines, because it slapped a faint sheen of lipstick on all of us by default. Maybe there's a way to turn it off, but it was too hilarious to bother, and we actually ended up adding more makeup in a few photos, including gracing Nick's face with false eyelashes.
Finally, the timer ran out and we were presented with our masterpiece. Grotesque and gorgeous in one kawaii package, everything I'd ever hoped for.
|Samurai/Shogun redesigns of Darth Vader and a Trooper in a little free exhibition we found.|
|Tokyo in a nutshell, part 2|
|If bored: take selfies.|
Worry not. A path had been set up so people could walk to and from the shop, so later on in the evening we stocked up on various things, and continued to play those sort of ridiculous technology-less waiting games that only the truly desperate play.
After a while everyone else went to sleep, leaving me mysteriously awake, and further unable to sleep thanks to some random Tito a few seats away who had apparently taken it upon himself to Skype the Philippines at about 3am and proceed to yell in his best Filipino-on-the-phone voice. Sus!
|MAKE HIM STOP|
Oh! And when we finally collected our bags and went to get the bus home, look who we bumped into!
|Photo stolen from Nick|