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Map image The weather was superb on Saturday, October 27 as the 35th Tokyo Motor Show, the first of the new century, opened to thegeneral public. The Show drew large crowd despite delays with the JR train line serving Makuhari Messe when the gatesopened at 9:30. Visitors continued to push towards the Exhibition all afternoon as enthusiasm and excitement mounted.

By 9:00 in the morning, the parking lot in front of the West Gatewas virtually full to its 6,000 vehicle capacity. One man in histwenties who left his home in Utsunomiya at 4:00 in the morning in order to avoid traffic jams said, "I'm thrilled to be here. I hear there are lots of exciting new sports cars on display." Indeed, young people thronged to the sports car corners of the exhibition booths, where domestic and foreign automakers had their latest models on display.

Security is tighter than usual at this year's Show due to theterrorist attacks on the United States and the recent anthrax scare. Staff members at the entrance searched all baggage brought in, but visitors were generally understanding and sympathetic towards the security concerns and have been very cooperative with procedures. The process moved forward smoothly and without incident.

This is the first time an electronic ticket system has been used by the show. The Japan Motor Industrial Federation accepts applications from its web site, so visitors can purchase tickets directly from their personal computers. At North Gate 1 and West Gate 1, there are one all-electronic entrances for each Visitors need only show a bar code on the screen of their "imode"portable phone to be admitted quickly and easily, without having to stand in line at the ticket window.

Theme Hall

"Breakthroughs in Automotive Technology - History-making Cars from Japan."

East Hall

Domestic Passenger Cars

Foreign Passenger Cars

   
 
Center Hall

Domestic Passenger Cars

Foreign Passenger Cars

   
 
West Hall

Domestic Passenger Cars

Foreign Passenger Cars

   
 
North Hall

Motorcycles

Parts

   
 
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