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Tokyo Auto Salon 2016

We hear there are also customized cars at the event, but somehow our eyes were drawn elsewhere.

The Tokyo area actually has two major car industry events each year. But while the first, the Tokyo Motor Show, is conveniently located at Tokyo Big Sight, the other, the Tokyo Auto Salon, actually takes place at the Makuhari Messe convention hall in Chiba Prefecture, roughly an hour’s ride away from the center of Japan’s capital.

So why would anyone bother making the trip all the way out to Makuhari for the Auto Salon? Well, unlike the Motor Show, which focusses on the offerings of car manufacturers themselves, the Auto Salon is all about the aftermarket, making it the place to see Japan’s latest and greatest tuner cars.

Oh, and the Auto Salon also has a far greater number of booth models than the more mainstream and conservative Motor Show.

Because of this, our ace reporter Mr. Sato was only too happy to cover the show for us. As a matter of fact. he even included some photos of the cars in the first batch of images he submitted.