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Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 was all about cars and girls

Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 seems like so many years ago now. But it was enormous fun, eventually. I don’t remember the exact problem, but I desperately needed a dentist on the morning of the show. So, I got to the venue, Makuhari Messe in Chiba prefecture, very late. I didn’t photograph as much as I wanted, but I got some pictures. Cars and models were an excellent painkiller.

Swarovski crystal Mercedes

There were so many Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches. It made my head spin, thinking about how much the whole lot was worth. But if you were on a budget, there were Toyotas, Hondas, Triumphs, BMWs, Nissans, and a few more! It was a petrolhead’s dream.

Kuhl-Racing Japan minivan
Japanese female model at Tokyo Auto Salon 2017

Every car at Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 was a custom creation. It was all about the bling. I saw enormous sound systems in vans. A Lamborghini covered in Pikachus. Crystals covered a Mercedes. Gorgeous models were everywhere. There was so much I saw, but impossible to write about it all.


Whenever I go to these events, I love photographing the girls. It’s not only because many of them are photogenic; modeling is hard work. Some of them have an incredible work ethic. Imagine standing next to a car in some (usually) quite revealing outfit. Then add high heels. And you have to pose for some photographers who are probably more interested in you than the vehicle. Keep doing that until your shift is over. I’d find that daunting. These girls (and a few guys) did it, and posed for every photo with great enthusiasm. Their stamina was incredible. I appreciated their efforts. And so should everyone who took their photos.

purple Nissan GTR at Tokyo Auto Salon 2017
Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 Pikachu Lamborghini

Some big car companies like Nissan and Subaru occupied a lot of space. But, their displays seemed more mainstream, more conservative. They lacked that special “bling .” In my opinion, they were more suited to the Tokyo Motor Show (which came up later that year). With time ticking away, I made a quick judgment about what to photograph, took a few snaps, and moved on.

Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 black Toyopet racecar
LB Performance Lamborghini

Business Day for Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 seemed smaller than in previous years. That didn’t matter because it was still enjoyable. The cars and models were great. I wish I didn’t have to go to the dentist that morning!

Lexus race car

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