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Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 – it’s still about cars and girls

I love going to the Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS).  It’s an amazing event and filled with so much cool stuff.  If you read the official literature, it says the purpose of the show is basically to showcase and demonstrate the latest technological solutions and products for tuning up as well as dressing-up cars and everything that goes along with that (including computer games about cars).  Well, that might be true for people in the car industry, but I think for the average person who goes, just wants to see some hot cars and equally hot models.  At least I’m convinced that is what the average person wants to see.

The bling there is incredible.  Enormous sound systems in little vans, Pikachu Lamborghinis, campervans completely kitted out for glamping and as always, a couple of cars covered in crystals.  It was all great to see, AAA bling all the way.

And being a car show about custom cars there are plenty of old hotrods there too.  To be honest, I don’t see many older cars on the roads in Japan, but at TAS you see lot all kitted out and look like they could still race.  It makes me wonder who buys them and if they are actually driven anywhere.

My vote for best model of TAS 2018 is this girl

As always, the girls of the show, really impressed me.  A lot of them really get into their work and put on a good display for photographers.  Some of the outfits they wear are pretty incredible.  But the one that got my pick was one of the girls at the Toyo Tires booth in a red kimono, which was very nice.  I thought she was very elegant, and sometimes, less is more if you know what I mean.

This year I enjoyed the Tokyo Auto Salon for another reason.  I bought a good flash, the Godox V860ii.  With its TTL (through the lens system) it made photographing the models very easy.  In the past I had tried manual flashes, but I got mixed results with them due to a number of reasons.  This time it was just get the composition, shoot and move on.  The v860ii also has a huge rechargeable battery which easily lasted me all day.  I highly recommend it.

Everyone like looking at the models of the Tokyo Auto Salon

Another thing I have to say is, Tokyo Auto Salon doesn’t change much from year to year, and in this case that is not necessarily a bad thing as it has a tried and proven formula that works.  I think the only way for it to be improve would be for the general public to be allowed to actually drive the cars, but I doubt that is going to happen anytime soon.

Once again some of the big car companies like Toyota, Nissan and Subaru occupied a lot of floor space but their displays always seem very conservative.  I know I made the same comment every year, but the displays of those companies really seem more suited to the Tokyo Motor Show.

If you want to see some bling in Tokyo, I highly recommend the Tokyo Auto Salon.   The cars are awesome and so are the models.  I’m looking forward to the year when I can attend all three days.  If you attended the 2018 event, please leave a comment about how much (or maybe even how little) you enjoyed it.  And for those wanting to see the Tokyo Auto Salon website, please click this link.