Bling ALL The Rides
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.
Hostly car accessory favorite DAD brought their gold and silver twinklemobiles, completely paved with crystals…
…right down to the tailpipes!
Crazy holofilm made an appearance…
…and they didn’t cut corners when it came to lighting up every corner of the interior either.
This boombox on wheels was all business in the front…
…and all party in the back.
And this ultimate tailgate wagon added monster subwoofers and video, so you wouldn’t even have to leave the parking lot to catch the game.
If you’re really serious about urban assault, this one has a machine gun mounted on the roof.
Or you could blast your way out of those inevitable Tokyo traffic jams by smothering them with roses.
Pocket Rocket Jr. Because it’s never too early to start the training.
And of course, no auto show would be complete without flames.
Did I mention flames?
And goombas. Did I forget the goombas?
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.
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback!
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