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Japan company sets world record for most photo sticker booths

A Guinness World Records official visits a section of Bandai Namco Amusement Inc.'s Hep Five entertainment complex with 40 instant photo sticker booths, in Osaka on Nov. 27, 2020, before recognizing it as having the most of the machines at one location. (Kyodo)

OSAKA (Kyodo) -- A new Bandai Namco Amusement Inc. venue with 40 instant photo sticker booths in the western city of Osaka was recognized Friday by Guinness World Records for having the most such machines at one location.

    Such photo booths, better known in Japan as "purikura," became extremely popular among high-school girls in the mid-1990s when they first appeared in Tokyo. Although the boom has waned, the booths have retained their popularity as new versions have been released.

    The company hopes that the expansion of its "eggnam" space in the Hep Five shopping complex will lead to even more visitors who wish to take and edit their pictures in the booths to make into stickers.

    The renovated venue, expanding its floor space to about 780 square meters, will open Saturday.

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