Kinda late posting since its now end of March, and TAS was in January but I’ve been busy with cars, and traveling this past few months.
This trip all started several month back when I was talking to my friend Joseph about wanting to hit up Tokyo Auto Salon. He has been there twice before, and we joked about if there was a good flight deal we will book a trip. Well, I get a txt from Joesph saying he found round trip tickets from Houston to Japan with All Nippon Airways for about $800! We booked out tickets that same day, and I was ready to get my Tokyo Auto Salon cherry popped.
We stayed at Shibuya, probably the best place to stay if its your first time visiting Japan. But the event was about 1hr away from Tokyo, thankfully Japan’s public rail system made it an easy commute.
It was a cold but beautiful sunny day.
Thankfully Joseph and I was able to get exhibitor passes and get in the morning beating the peasant crowds. But if you are not able to get an media or exhibitor pass you can still get into general admission but they are not allowed to come in till the afternoon, or pre buy VIP tickets to skip the lines, and crowds.
First stop on the list was hitting up Top Secret, mainly because Joesph is a fan boy having owned a Nissan 370Z in the past. I remember Top Secret from my old option DVD with Smokey and his Supra hitting the Wangan. These days they seem to specialize more in Nissan then in Toyota. I got sold on the JDM hype and bought some merchandise from them. Glad I did because, they don’t really sell merchandise online.
A few of Top Secret products. Disc brakes bigger then a dinner plate.
Japan has always been a weird but cool country. Like, I know some people come here for the girls and not the cars. Im sure the models are used to it, comes with the territory.
Found the Up Garage booth, and wish I bought a bigger luggage now. So much JDM goodness without the JDM tax we get in the states.
These cars was actually designed by an automotive school. I think they were the ones that made a k car NSX body some years back.
Overlanding becoming a trend in Japan.
This bike is something I would see fit in the Houston, Tx.
Voltex had some pretty cool products. Way out of my budget though.
Being an 86 owner I had to check out Impulse. They make every panel for the AE86 in carbon fiber. I saw they made some nice high rise headers. If I had alot of money I would buy all the parts but instead I bought a t-shirt for my godson, Levin.
Full carbon fiber Impulse AE86
The Honda Cub, would make a great pit/paddock bike.
Had to check out the ray bought being a TE37 owner myself. I did buy a some stuff there too.
KW, popular suspension with the track guys.
Pandem and their super aggressive flared out body kits.
Bride Japan, is half the cost here, then in the States. Im sure the bulky shipping has to do with the price increase.
Track day things….
Roberuta, is a Japanese company that specializes in making air lift kits for high exotic cars. It not cheap either, but if you own a exotic car, money isn’t an issue.
Saw the new Supra debut in Japan! Had a cammo wrap so I couldn’t really see the lines of the car. Plus the crowds made it hard to get a decent picture.
326 Power, making static slammed suspension components for the hot bois.
Liberty Walk had their unveiling of their new line of body kits.
Couldn’t get a decent picture though…. You can see the crowd was massive.
The glory days.
Later we stopped at the Tomica store. I remember this brand when I was growing up, especially when I visit the Philippines. I always thought the car picture on the box was the same car inside the box, but instead I get an okay looking car lol. I can tell though they have stepped up their detail game though.
As the afternoon rush got more crowed and having seen all the hall venues, it was time for us to head back into Tokyo. Pictures isn’t enough for Tokyo Auto Salon, you have come and see it for yourself! And if you haven’t visited Japan, you should because I don’t think there is any other country thats is like Japan.
Just want to say thank you to the guys at Shinku Classics for giving Joesph and I the exhibitor passes. They are a local car import shop in Houston,Tx. If you want any cool JDM cars, you should check them out!