If you happen to be around in Tokyo, one event you must consider is Tokyo Motor Show. 44th edition is open to public from October 30 to November 8, inclusive. Even if you are not a big car fan, it could be a nice time out with some sightseeing on the way.
Tokyo Motor Show is a biennial event hosted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) at the Tokyo Big Sight, event complex in Odaiba, Tokyo.
It is considered to be one of the motorshow’s big five (together with Detroit, Geneva, Frankfurt and Paris) mainly due to a number of concept cars that are presented here.
I happened to attend the last two Motor Shows in Paris, thus, was definitely curious to see how the Tokyo one compares. I did find something similar – Renault area can be recognized from the same colourful balloons on the ceiling!
If you go, you better be early (or very late), as the crowds are massive. If in Paris one you can try and sit in most of the cars, here you better forget about it. Being taller than the average Japanese visitor and a foreigner you have an advantage when making your way to get better pictures. If you don’t have infinite patience, do not expect much more, as you will have to queue even for souvenirs, not to talk about test drives.
This year the main topic is Smart Mobility City 2015 and the City of Tomorrow, with the focus on advanced and autonomous driving technologies envisioned for 2020.
Tokyo is already preparing for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 and wants become the world’s top “technology showcase”. This year’s event presents 75 cars as the world premiere and 68 cars as a Japan premiere.
At first I was looking at the cars and only after a few rounds over the place I realized that the event is not only about cars! Differently than in Paris, here almost every stand has at least several model girls (or in a few rare cases, model guys) posing with the cars.
If you happen to look more carefully, you will notice that at least half of the guys around these stands are taking pictures of… the girls!
At the end it is hard to say which part was more amusing: watching the cars or watching people. Fun in Japan!