Like Emily said, I just bought a new laptop. It is an HP Pavilion dv4000. Is that good?
The old laptop was shutting off whenever I ran a program that used a lot of memory...like Windows Movie Maker.
I kept trying to make something similar to the following movie, but everytime I tried to convert it into a .mov file, the frickin' computer crashed. Grrrr!!!!
When I got the new computer, I slapped together this video using two video files, a few purikura pictures, and a jpop CD:
Click HERE if the video does not work
The name of the picture booth is purikura. The English translation is "print club." Japanese school girls take to purikura like a sorority girl takes to strawberry martinis and cheap beer.
Every school girl has a little book filled with pictures. The printed pictures are only as big as a finger nail, even so most girls have pages and pages of purikura pictures. It takes them years to fill up their books.
I hope the video captures the insanity of purikura. I can understand why the girls think it is so fantastic. Not only is it a lot of fun, with the music, the different backgrounds, and then the million different ways to decorate, but the lighting is also very flattering, so even a zitty-faced fat girl comes out looking like a super model.
These machines are all over the place. They are in all of the malls, in department stores, and sometimes are just on the side of the road. We found this machine underneath Takaoka Station.
I don't get it, either.
This should be the last post about Japan.
I miss you, Japan!