Love cars?

Last Sunday was Tokyo Motor Show at Big Sight, a yearly event we make sure not to miss. My husband works in the car industry and gets a free pass. While I am not crazy about cars like Jeremy Clarkson, I do like looking at some fancy cars I know I will never be able to afford.

Did I say that there were so many people? You’d think that the second day of the Tokyo Motor Show coinciding with 2013 Japan Cup would somehow lessen the number of attendees. Not so.

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : the largely male crowd

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : the largely male crowd

So we fought our way through the crowd and managed to snap photos of the super cars. Sometimes, it does help to be small.

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Posh Porsches

Among the most expensive cars is this Lexus, which costs about 35,000,000 JPY. (Yes, a lot of zeroes!) You can buy a Tokyo mansion with that amount.

Tokyo Motor Show 2013: The 35 million yen Lexus

Tokyo Motor Show 2013: The 35 million yen Lexus

Tokyo Motor Show : Red cars.

Tokyo Motor Show  2013: Red cars.

It seems like the theme color of the show was red. And I was wearing red!

You would think that with all this multi-million dollar Eikaiwa (English conversation) industry in Japan, Suzuki would have at least benefited from it.  What’s up with naming a car Hustler?

Or did they mean her?

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Suzuki Hustler

Tokyo Motor Show 2013. What’s in a name? Suzuki Hustler

From Google:
hustler
ˈhʌslə/

noun

N. AMER.informal
  1. 1.
    a person adept at aggressive selling or illicit dealing.
    “small-time hustlers trying to sell their stuff”
  2. 2.
    a prostitute.
I’ve grown up to my fair share of misogyny:liquor ads portraying scantily clad women as a cliche example. I used to think to myself as a kid, why? Will drinking whiskey make me sexy? Will, say, riding this car make me sexy? Then I grew up and realized that it’s not appealing to women but to men. Get the whiskey and get the girls. Get the cars and get the girls. Riiiight.
Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : What's a motor show without the ladies?

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : What’s a motor show without the ladies?

Girls bore me. While all the rest of “man”kind was going crazy snapping their cameras, I was itching to find the concept cars. So we continue on our way, walking endlessly among throngs of people. People, people, people everywhere. Welcome to Tokyo.

Finally, we found the concept cars.

So this life-size lego car is called Deck. From my rudimentary Japanese, it seems to be a  very “eco” car. Not that it’s very useful anyway – I mean look at the seating capacity. And for hauling what?

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Deck, a concept car

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Deck, a concept car

Here are more concept cars. Some allow visitors to ride the cars, but the tickets were limited. The early bird catches the worm, too bad for us later comers.

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : more concept cars

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : more concept cars

Of all the concept cars, this one is my favorite. Camping, diving, swimming? Here’s an outdoorsy car to fit your lifestyle. It’s kind of small, but there’s an indoor surfboard rack. How useful is that!? I want one! NOW!

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : an alternative to the large bulky camping cars

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : an alternative to the large bulky camping cars

Oh look, there’s Doraemon and his car!

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Doraemon and his car

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Doraemon and his car

Now we go to the fun part. The buses and trucks. People were queuing to actually test-ride a bus. Really?

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Buses

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Buses

What about the trucks? I personally like to try the trucks. Why? Unlike buses, I never get to ride trucks in real life.  Some trucks were just huge. I wonder how they brought them inside Big sight?

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Trucks

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Trucks

What are the cars without the engines? They are masterpieces by themselves.

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Trucks' engines

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 : Engines

Look at the largest engine.

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 :Largest Engine

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 :Largest Engine

Here’s the website for Tokyo motor show. Weekdays should be the perfect days to visit. It runs until December 1.

Some useful tips :

1) Buy ticket in advance. Convenient stores sell them.

2) Buy food and drinks in advance. With thousands of people visiting on weekends, buying from a convenience store in Big Sight usually takes a LOT OF TIME. Don’t expect to be able to get a table at the restaurants either. Stock up on food and drinks.

3) If you’re carrying a lot of things, use a locker. Trust me, it’s tiring to drag all these dead weight while muscling your way around.

4) Arrive early! Some tickets (like free-test-ride tickets) are on a first-come-first-serve basis. By the time you get there at 11, it’s all gone. Plus, the earlier, the lesser the people.