If it’s mid-January, you know where to find me: Tokyo’s biggest eye-candy car event of the year, Tokyo Auto Salon! Unlike the more stuffy Tokyo Auto Show (where big makers debut their new offerings and concept cars), Tokyo Auto Salon is for people who definitely don’t want something off the rack. From samurai rides to gangsta wheel spikes, this show’s got it all.
I’ve been saving last year’s photos until now, so you can see what kind of delights await you in every single one of the NINE exhibit halls!
The Auto Salon is where you’ll see all the latest in car primping, and in 2019, the scrollwork Chevy wasn’t alone in riffing on state-of-the-art finishes. Color-changing paint jobs looked so last millennium compared to the next new thing: textures
Naturally, there were parts manufacturers who were showcasing their less-than-sexy add-ons in cars that really drew a crowd…
Of course, there were still plenty of booth babes posing in scrums of otakus with big lenses (sorry, you’ll have to find examples of that creepy phenomenon elsewhere), but I was cheered to see that in the new millennium, some beefcake has joined the short skirt and pouty lip brigade.
And finally, on my way out, the Samourai air freshener display gave me the biggest laugh of the show: