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One of Korea’s most popular groups, Big Bang, leaves for Japan today, for a 16-concert tour that their management says is unprecedented.

Starting tomorrow and running until Jan. 13, the tour will take Big Bang to six cities around Japan - Saitama, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Tokyo and Sapporo.

But what’s really making industry insiders take notice is that all six venues are going to be large domed stadiums.

It is the first time for a foreign artist to perform in six different domes in Japan and only one Japanese group, Mr. Children, can claim the accomplishment.

Earlier this year, Super Junior’s tour took them to five domed stadiums around Japan.

Big Bang’s first stop will be at Seibu Dome in Saitama for two days, followed by Osaka from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, and Fukuoka on Dec. 7 and 8. The band will then play Nagoya on Dec. 14 and 15, followed by three shows in Tokyo on Dec. 19 to 21.

The group will take a break for the new year before returning to Japan for one show in Sapporo on Jan. 4 and then three more in Osaka on Jan. 11 to 13.

The group’s agency, YG Entertainment, expects more than 770,000 fans to turn out to the shows.

By Lee Sun-min
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