A Trip to the Honda Welcome Plaza in Aoyama, Tokyo

If you’re a Honda fan, the Honda Welcome Plaza should be on your list of things of things to see while in Tokyo. Located on the first floor of the Honda Aoyama Building, it consists of a small showroom, a cafe, a demonstration stage, and a store with Honda merchandise and collectibles.

It’s easily accessible from the Aoyama-itchome subway station and the entrance and demonstrations are free to the public.

When I visited last week, Honda vehicles were lined up around the outside of the building with the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Honda Legend(Acura RLX) front and center.

Inside, the showroom display theme can change regularly, switching between cars, motorcycles, racing, or other special themes. I was fortunate to catch the TYPE-R exhibition last week which coincided with the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. A 1995 Honda Integra Type-R, a 2002 Honda NSX-R, a 1997 Civic Type R, and the all-new Civic Type R were featured.

Honda Robotics also puts on a daily demonstration with their robot ASIMO and for their “Personal Mobility Device” called UNI-CUB. Check the schedule for times. After the demo you can line up for a free photo on stage with ASIMO taken by one of the Honda assistants with your camera/phone.

Lastly, you can take home some souvenirs from the shop which carries a small selection of items ranging from ASIMO toys to officially licensed McLaren-Honda merchandise.

[Source: Chris Tobias – Acura Connected]

Gallery: NSX 25th Anniversary Tour

It’s been an exciting few days for the NSX aficionados who gathered in Japan to take part in the NSX 25th Anniversary Tour. Some of the tour highlights included the NSX 25th Anniversary party at Honda headquarters in Tokyo, visits to famous Japanese tuning shops such as Advance and TYPE ONE, and of course the annual NSX Fiesta at Suzuka Circuit.

Acura NSX owner and photographer Paul Brylek was on hand for the events and has graciously allowed us to share some of of his photos below.

For more of Paul’s photos visit his Flickr photostream.

[Source: Paul Brylek via Flickr]

Video: Honda’s “Paper” Ad

A brilliant new animated ad from Honda shows its extensive history of products using hand-drawn illustrations.

The two-minute video surprisingly contains no CGI, instead you’ll see the team of animators moving and flipping thousands of illustrations laid out on a large table. The Honda engine plays a key role in the ad, constantly evolving and swapping into different vehicles. Eventually the latest Honda engine gets a dropped off by the HondaJet, right into the engine bay of the new Acura NSX.

See Honda’s “Paper” ad and the making of video below.

[Source: Honda via YouTube]

Video: Honda Ignition

This cinematic short film is a reminder that Acura’s parent company Honda isn’t just an automobile manufacturer. Honda’s broad range of engineering expertise covers everything from power equipment to aircraft, and in this video we see a few of their favourite achievements to date:

“Ignition, our new out-of-this-world film, is inspired by Honda’s daring spirit. The film pays homage to one of the boldest expressions of human curiosity and engineering endeavor: space flight. No other company has the heritage of engineering across as many categories: cars, motorbikes, robotics, aviation and racing. Dare to do the things others only dream of. Discover the stories of Honda daring at www.honda.co.uk.” – Honda UK

Some notable cameos include a red and white “Type-R” themed second generation NSX, Formula 1 driver Jenson Button, and a short Ayrton Senna voice-over. Check out the 1:40-minute below.

[Source: Honda UK via YouTube]

New NSX Displayed in Toy Box at 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Honda UK wants the child inside all of us to visit their unique “Playset” display at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Life-sized Honda models including the next-generation NSX, Civic Type R, and McLaren-Honda MP4-30 were placed inside over-sized display boxes to mimic the look of a child’s toy car collection. Check out a few images posted by Honda UK in the gallery above.

Read the full press release at hondanews.eu – Honda UK unveils stand design for Goodwood Festival of Speed.

[Source: Honda UK via Facebook]

Video: Honda “I Like Sports” Commercial

Honda’s competitive spirit is alive and well in this 60-second video titled “I Like Sports”.

Released by Honda Japan, the video is a thrilling montage of sport clips that showcases Honda’s dedication to innovate and perform on many levels of motorsport. Vehicle cameos include the NSX, S2000, , N-ONE, Civic Type R and NSX Protoype. Musically, I enjoyed the use of “Also sprach Zarathustra” of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame, and of course Beethoven’s classic “Ode to Joy” which closes out the video.

See the 60-second ad from Honda Japan below.

[Source: Honda Japan]

MUGEN Parts for New Honda Legend

MUGEN 2015 Honda Legend

Honda tuning company MUGEN has released details on the parts and accessories they will offer for the new 2015 Honda Legend. Exterior parts include a Carbon Front Lower Spoiler, a Carbon Air Spoiler, and Aluminum Wheels. A Sports Suspension package developed to work with the SPORT HYBRID SH-AWD system will also be available.

[Source: MUGEN]