K-pop girl band TWICE attracted about 100,000 fans to the Tokyo Dome for their two concerts held there over the weekend. With all seats packed, the nine-member girl group performed several hit songs, including the group’s very first Japanese single “One More Time.”
The Tokyo Dome, constructed in 1988, is a multi-purpose stadium which provides about 50,000 seats depending on the event. It is one of the country’s most prestigious venues where world-class stars such as Madonna, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, and others have previously performed, showing the scale of TWICE’s success and popularity in Japan.
TWICE’s Tokyo Dome concerts were held five years after a performance by Girls’ Generation in 2014. The concerts success are remarkable, considering the girl group debuted a mere 21 months ago in Japan but was able to have attracted so many fans to the concert venue.
During the concert, Momo, a Japanese member of the girl group who knows how important the band’s show at the Tokyo Dome was, became emotional. “Today reminds me of the day when the band was formed. I am so happy that the nine of us can perform on this stage. Thank you ONCE (their fan club) for making this dream come true,” she said.
She went on to say, “It is ONCE and many hard-working staff members who made this event possible ― the one I have dreamt of since my debut in Japan. I thank the other eight members of our team as well.” As soon as she finished the words, she burst into tears.
Japanese media outlets covered the K-pop band’s performance. The Japanese TV channel MBS program, “Jounetsu Tairiku,” aired the event from rehearsal to performance.
The nine member group ― five Korean, three Japanese, and one Taiwanese ― debuted in October, 2015. The group saw instant fame in Japan and started its official website and twitter account in Japanese in 2017. The following year, the band released “One More Time” the first maxi single in Japanese.
The Tokyo Dome concerts were part of TWICE’s Japan tour of domes in three cities. The tour began at the Osaka Kyocera Dome, March 20, and will end April 6 at their final concert at the Nagoya Dome.