On the face of it, Daikoku Futo is just a parking area. Some tarmac, painted lines, and a couple of places to rest after a long motorway drive. But it’s so much more than that. Its importance to maintaining Japan’s car culture almost makes it an institution in its own right.
What happens when you have a city of 13.6 million people on one side and a city of 3.7 on the other? It means at least some of them are bound to be into cars, and some of those people are going to need a place to come and meet. Luckily for them, there’s Daikoku Futo, quite possibly the most famous parking lot in Japan.
Bright lights, loud noises, and old meeting new. Tokyo is all those things, and the same can be said about its Tatsumi Parking Area. Perhaps one of the most famous places in Tokyo for any car enthusiast, if you haven’t heard of it I’m sure you’ll recognize the countless photos and videos from this place. And when you…
Here in Japan I drive a Honda Logo, a supermini that was kind of a precursor to the Fit you’re familiar with. Honda, unfortunately, never made a Logo Type-R, but I’m getting close with a few simple and affordable interior swaps. I used factory parts, just never in way the factory imagined.
Let’s be honest, the Tokyo Auto Salon isn’t exactly known for its high number of classic vehicles. Instead it’s known for all the utter insanity of its modification. When a classic shows up, it sticks out. And the WWork rich blue Triumph TR3A is a Rembrandt at a hipster modern art gallery.
In 2016, it was disappointing to see the very few Honda vehicles at Tokyo Auto Salon. And, it has to be admitted, I still have a great deal of disappointment that so few ‘90s Hondas like Civics, CRXs, and Preludes showed up at 2017, too. However, a number of modified S660s, Honda’s tiny kei car roadster, were…
Long distance road trips can be expensive, especially in places like Japan where to get any distance in a reasonable amount of time, you have to take tollways. When you add up the cost of hotels and food it can get quite expensive. But there’s a better way: turn your car into a mini-camper!
With the withdrawal of America from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Donald Trump’s tough talk on imported cars, and the Japan’s large trade surplus, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is asking the question: how does he get his public to buy more American cars? The answer: he can’t. Because the Japanese don’t want them.
Corazon isn’t a well-known player in the Japanese aftermarket world, but the Subaru parts company brought the glitz and glimmer to Tokyo Auto Salon. Not content to just add aero features and ground effects to their show pieces, they gave them the appearance of etched stainless steel. The effect looks like it just flew…
On any trip to Tokyo, there are plenty of spots for the Nippon-phile to hit. For those of us who are Japanese car fans, the MegaWeb Toyota City Showcase has to be on our list. Crawl all over about just every vehicle Toyota has made in recent years, and then top it off with a test drive around the showcase!
Last year at Tokyo Auto Salon, Lexus had a pretty large booth that mimicked some kind of Nordic dance club bar one might see in Oslo or Stockholm, all white and glass and steel, with flashing lights, dancers, and Lexus staffers in thin, crisp reflective suits. This year? Carbon fiber race cars. That’s it.
Thirty-seven years ago today, Honda brought to us a great and long, and woody, addition the Civic family with the 1980 Civic Country. With its extended hatch and its rolling rows of red, almost four decades later and it would still look perfect on the farm or the ranch.
It’s not terribly surprising that Nissan would bring a NISMO GT-R to the Tokyo Auto Salon, but it was somewhat of a surprise that most of Nissan’s booth was NISMO. Including a NISMO Fairlady Z, a NISMO Juke, and a NISMO March!
A reader recently inquired on the initial Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 post about if any vendors from China were present, and if so, how bad were they? Well... the answers are “yes” and “pretty pathetic.”
Because Racing Engine. Because Turbo. Because CHROME.
Ninety-nine times out of 100, when an automaker tries to make “cars for women,” it comes off as clueless, condescending and just plain bad. Here’s that one time out of 100 when it’s OK, and it comes from a brand that’s forbidden fruit in the U.S. these days. Meet the Daihatsu Sporza Revival line, aimed at…