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

Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 was a fantastic event. It had so much cool stuff. Officially the show’s purpose is to display vehicle technologies and products. But I think the public went to see great cars and hot models. I’m convinced that is what they wanted to see. Both were great!

The bling was incredible. There were enormous sound systems in little vans next to Pikachu Lamborghinis. Campervans kitted out for glamping were in the same row as cars covered in crystals. It was great to see AAA bling at its best. Could we assume it is the Japanese version of the SEMA Show? I think we can. It is a luxury car event.

And being an auto show, there are plenty of old hotrods there too. To be honest, I don’t see many older vehicles on the roads in Japan, but at TAS, you do. They are all kitted out and look like they could still race. It made me wonder who buys them and drives them. Custom car builders do superb jobs. The owners probably get a thrill showing them off.

As always, the models of the show impressed me. Many of them get into their work and put on a good display for photographers. Some of the outfits they wear are incredible. But the girl who got my pick was at the Toyo Tires booth in a red kimono, which was very nice. She was very elegant, and sometimes, less is more, if you know what I mean.

I enjoyed the Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 for another reason. I bought a flash, the Godox V860ii. Its TTL (Through The Lens) system made photography very easy. I had tried manual flashes in the past but got mixed results. This time, I got the composition, and shot, and moved on. The v860ii also has a huge rechargeable battery, which lasts all day. It is superb.

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

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

If you want to see some bling in Tokyo, go to the Tokyo Auto Salon. The cars are fantastic, and so are the models. I’m looking forward to the year when I can attend all three days.

Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 photo gear:

  • Camera body: Fujifilm X-T2
  • Lens: Fujifilm  XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR
  • Flash:  Godox V860II

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