Q. What’s got four wheels and sparkles and can totally give you ear damage?
A. The cars on display at Tokyo Auto Salon, of course!
Yes, there’s a gigantic car show dedicated to over-the-top blingmobiles. Sure, there were plenty of ho-hum cars there too, but it’s the lowered, skirted, spoilered, rhinestoned-encrusted, flame-covered, subwoofer-blasting eye candy that everyone pays good money to see.
There’s still time to go see these delights for yourself if you’re in Tokyo right now, because the Tokyo Auto Salon continues tonight until 20:00 and tomorrow (Sunday 1/17) from 9:00 – 17:00 at Makuhari Messe. Admission is ¥2200 at the door. A map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!