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:
It’s on this weekend, and if you’re in Tokyo, go.
Dates: January 11 – 12, 2020
Hours: 9:00 – 19:00 (until 18:00 on Sunday)
Admission: Adult – ¥2500, Junior (13-18) – ¥1800, Children – free
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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!