The weird, wacky wonderfulness of past Tokyo Motor Shows is trying to make a comeback.
Just look at Toyota's Fun-Vii concept, which Akio Toyoda called a "smartphone on wheels," or Honda's stylish small electric sports car concept, the EV-STER.
But much has changed since my first Tokyo show 20 years ago.
In the fall of 1991, Japan's bubble economy had not quite burst. The nation's carmakers were still fearlessly, shamelessly upbeat.
Fertile-minded designers, engineers and product planners threw down the gauntlet in 1991, rolling out concept and production models that filled every conceivable niche and created a few new ones.
Makuhari Convention Center was packed with prototypes and production cars -- so many new models that in the weeks before the show Japanese companies ran out of days in which to preview them. Toyota had to launch the Aristo and Crown Majesta models on the same day.
Indeed, Tokyo was king of the hill.