Acclimating yourself to the polished contents of Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) begins in its parking lot. Here is where the local flavor lies; and on Sunday, the final day of the show, it is packed. While the latest builds and parts staged within the halls of Makuhari Messe Convention Center is reason enough for the Japanese pilgrimage another gauge of the current tuner trends is found by viewing what the residents drive regularly.
During a late Sunday afternoon we ventured into this stadium-sized plot of asphalt and snapped photos until the sun went down. Trolling the adjacent TAS lot unearths JDM diamonds the minute you step off the stairs – not to mention modded Euro and American platforms. GT-R, Silvia, Fairlady Z, Supra, AE86, Type R and countless other Japanese-spec cars lusted over stateside sit pretty and in numbers here.
Row after row of attendee transport made focusing on one vehicle hard. And being that the loosely translated, “20 Year Old People” holiday - in Japan you are officially an adult after reaching twenty – was on the Monday following TAS there were way too many parked cars to check out in 90 minutes.
As the sun dropped onto the horizon of the nearby Pacific Ocean Golden Hour set the scene for the car porn you will find below. Legions of wild Honda Odyssey vans, R32/33/34s, beat down drift rides and more awaited the camera’s lens. Past the many clean R34s was a stanced-out Odyssey van with modern BMW front end that basically blew my mind.