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Tokyo Auto Salon 2016: Only In Japan!

Interesting things you won't find from American car shows

Jan 22, 2016

If you haven't made your way to Tokyo Auto Salon, you're doing yourself a disservice! It's the super bowl of Japanese car culture where you'll find everything from high performance tuners, drifts cars, VIP culture and more. The '16 TAS was my fourth time going, and it's simply too massive to cover all in one weekend — nearly 450 exhibitors, 880 cars, and 4,000+ booths, not to mention having to fight the crowds, which measured 100,000+ people per day. One of the things I enjoy about going to Auto Salon is the culture shock. From the trends in modifications, to what's popular, how people act and things to eat... I find it all very exciting and it makes the show that much more enjoyable for me. So here are just selection of random things I found interesting that you probably won't notice unless you actually walk the halls of Makuhari Messe yourself. Enjoy and arigato!

Tokyo auto salon 2016 booth model Photo 2/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Booth Model
Tokyo auto salon 2016 booth model Photo 3/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Booth Model

It's the first think you'll notice when you walk in the doors of Tokyo Auto Salon. Are these guys actually here for the cars? Maybe, maybe not, but just be aware there are thousands of men equipped with their cameras boxing you out for that close-up of a booth model.

Tokyo auto salon 2016 booth model Photo 4/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Booth Model
Tokyo auto salon 2016 booth model Photo 8/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Booth Model
Tokyo auto salon 2016 booth model Photo 9/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Booth Model

Speaking of models, there are lots of them. But don't expect big boobs and bikinis. The majority of booth girls wear costumes ranging from cosplay to cheesy Halloween outfits.

Tokyo auto salon 2016 kumho tire masco Photo 10/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Kumho Tire Masco
Tokyo auto salon 2016 bunny costume Photo 11/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Bunny Costume

There are also some characters in full costume, for example the Kumho mascot or this scary Bugs Bunny.

Tokyo auto salon 2016 super mario figurines Photo 12/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Super Mario Figurines

Didn't care too much for the dated sound system in this car, but we dug the owner's collection of Super Mario figurines.

Tokyo auto salon 2016 custom lamborghini Photo 13/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Custom Lamborghini

Lord of the Blings! We feel sorry for this Lambo, but in all honesty, it was probably the most photographed car at the show.

Tokyo auto salon 2016 aston martin toyota 86 conversion Photo 14/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Aston Martin Toyota 86 Conversion

We love the Toyota 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ. We also love Aston Martins. But do they make a perfect couple?

Tokyo auto salon 2016 flower covered car Photo 15/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Flower Covered Car

The amount of work and artistry that went into this 'arts and crafts'-mobile was insane. Where they came up with the idea to overlay an entire car with flowers? We have no idea...

Tokyo auto salon 2016 wood panel suv Photo 19/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Wood Panel Suv

Many Japanese love to emulate American culture. So here's an interesting take on handful of Toyotas. The old school fabric sofa interior and wood panel SUV were pretty genius. Not sure about the Texas emblem though...

Tokyo auto salon 2016 326 power prius Photo 23/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 326 Power Prius
Tokyo auto salon 2016 326 power prius Photo 24/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 326 Power Prius

There are a handful of modified Toyota Prius' that we've come across but nothing as extreme as this by 326 Power. Hybrid fuel efficiency mixed with show/stance looks sort of makes sense...

Tokyo auto salon 2016 airbagged mustang Photo 25/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Airbagged Mustang

Just like how we love Japanese cars, many Japanese seem to have a thing for American cars. There was always a good crowd around this bagged Mustang.

Tokyo auto salon 2016 lamborghini doors Photo 26/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Lamborghini Doors
Tokyo auto salon 2016 lamborghini doors Photo 27/27   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Lamborghini Doors

Demon camber and front and rear Lamborghini doors... Oh man, oh man... You be the judge!

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