Purikura photo booths remain popular with Japanese women, despite the rise of smartphone selfies. Photo: AFPPurikura photo booths remain popular with Japanese women, despite the rise of smartphone selfies. Photo: AFP
Purikura photo booths remain popular with Japanese women, despite the rise of smartphone selfies. Photo: AFP

The humble photo booth is still loved: forget the selfie, purikura remains popular with Japanese women, 25 years after its debut

  • The popularity of photo booths peaked in 1997, but they remain loved by teenage girls and young women in Japan for their professional equipment and lighting
  • Despite the coronavirus pandemic, industry experts say customers are returning to take pictures ‘much faster than we’d expected’

Topic |   Japan
Purikura photo booths remain popular with Japanese women, despite the rise of smartphone selfies. Photo: AFPPurikura photo booths remain popular with Japanese women, despite the rise of smartphone selfies. Photo: AFP
Purikura photo booths remain popular with Japanese women, despite the rise of smartphone selfies. Photo: AFP
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