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.
▼ Two photos of cars, to be precise.
After that, it was all booth girls, as Mr. Sato threw himself with gusto into a photo safari of the lovely ladies.
It’s important to remember that all of the models on the show floor are actually working, so as inviting as their smiles may be, they might not always have time to stop and pose for a picture with you. As such, the courteous thing to do is to ask them if it’s OK to take a picture together, the phrase for which in Japanese is “Issho ni shashin wo totte mo ii desu ka?”
▼ Let’s review: Issho ni…
▼ …shashin wo…
▼ …totte mo…
▼ …ii desu ka?
Of course, with the Tokyo Auto Salon becoming a gradually more internationalized event, you might not have to be able to speak Japanese to request a snapshot with some of the ladies.
And if you’re looking for some advanced pointers in the etiquette of taking photos like these, consider leaving some distance between yourself and the model in the shot. That way it’ll be easier for your friends to crop you out later.
▼ …and after!
Unfortunately, Mr. Sato couldn’t completely resist the temptation to sandwich himself between beautiful women.
Hmm…guess we’re stuck with him this time…
Or are we?
Granted, we didn’t so much remove Mr. Sato as replace him with a disturbing interdimensional monster, but show that picture to some of your single male friends. We bet half of them won’t even notice anything wrong with it.
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