With the 2016 edition of the Tokyo Auto Salon about to open its doors in a few hours, i thought it would be fun to revisit an article i once penned for a local magazine. A simple guide to surviving the largest and greatest automotive aftermarket show this side of the globe. When i first […]Read more "Tokyo Auto-Otaku: Surviving the Tokyo Auto Salon"
Continuing where i last left off, here’s Part 2 of the 美少女-hunting exercise. A pair of lovely ladies caused quite a stir at the Lotus booth when they appeared. I was just walking by and decided to join in the melee. Simplify… …then… …add… …lightness? The various manufacturer booths also had their own “image” ladies. […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2015 美少女-Otaku Part 2"
Now that I have pretty much come to the end of my slowly ongoing update of this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, i guess it’s fitting that i end off with something i’m guessing some of you might enjoy. Granted, this wasn’t the main aim of my TAS trip (at least not this year!), but there’s […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2015 美少女-Otaku Part 1"
Of course by no means are these the least interesting cars on show but rather, i thought it made sense to compile the last few of my Tokyo Auto Salon automotive images into this final TAS vehicular post. Take it as a small gallery of bonus images if you will. I have no idea how […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2015: Day 2, Part 9-The fast and the curious"
With so many cars and booths in the Tokyo Auto Salon, it does get quite difficult to single out favorites when pretty much every build on show is worthy of its own feature. But of course with just a couple of days to walk through the halls, it’s pretty much impossible to take a look […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2015: Day 2, Part 8-Honorable Mentions"
Continuing our coverage on the cars of this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon is a collection of interesting customs we encountered during out visit. As shown on the opening pic, this is Takuto-san’s one-of-a-kind Toyota bB. When slammed, stanced and rusted out just ain’t enough, it’s time to break out the concrete! Yes this car has […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2015: Day 2, Part 7-Custom Culture"
One of the booths that i always make a point to visit during the Auto Salon has always been Rocky Auto’s. Apart from seeing what cars they have decided to bring to the show, Mr Rocky Auto himself is usually at the stand ready to open up the cars for visitors to have a peep […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2015: Day 2, Part 6-Rocky Auto and the Heritage Hybrids"
You can’t have a Tokyo Auto Salon without some full on JDM flagship power builds and where better to start than with Japan’s giant slayer, the Nissan GT-R. This being TAS, there were of course many GT-Rs around, all packing big numbers on their spec sheets. But non are more purposeful than the pure-bred factory […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2015: Day 2, Part 5-Nippon Powerhouses"
Concluding our look at the cars from Toyota City, we have Lexus, which although originated from Japan, was never officially launched in its home country until 2005. The cars of course were still sold in Japan but they all bore Toyota badges and had different (but in my opinion, more memorable) names from those sent […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2015: Day 2, Part 4-The Lexus Connection"
Another highlight of the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon for me, was what many envision to be THE car that marks (hehe) the return of a proper sports sedan into Toyota’s lineup. Left vacant long ago with the departures of the Chasers, Mark IIs, Cressidas and Altezza RS’s. Unfortunately for us fans of fast and fun […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2015: Day 2, Part 3-Return of Toyota Sports Sedan? GRMN Mark X"