You Might Get Shocked by Twice’s Popularity in Japan
As a K-Pop fan, you might have heard about Twice. Twice is a Korean girl group that debuted under JYP Entertainment in August 2015 with a song called “OOH-AHH.” The song became a big hit at the time, especially the girls, who were already introduced in a survival show on Mnet titled Sixteen. Twice regained their increasing popularity after they made a comeback with the song titled “Cheer Up!” the song that got 11 wins on various music shows.
And after almost four years since Twice’s debut date, the group that consists of 9 pretty and talented members who are Jihyo, Nayeon, Jungyeon, Momo, Sana, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu has become more and more popular and loved by a lot of fans in Korea as well as overseas. In fact, Twice is now called the ‘Nation’s girl group’ in Korea. That’s how much the audiences love Twice.
Not only have Twice managed to become vastly popular in Korea, but they have also managed to acquire a lot of fans in Japan, as well, and they even made a debut in Japan in June 2017. How big is Twice’s popularity in Japan? Is it true that even before their Japanese debut, Twice were already loved by a lot of Japanese fans? Well, instead of being curious, let’s find out more about the topic by scrolling down this article.
Twice’s Japan Debut
Twice officially made a debut in Japan on June 28th, 2017, after they released a compilation album called #Twice. The album, that was released under Warner Music Japan, contains Japanese versions of Twice’s title tracks that had already been released in Korea, such us “OOH-AHH Japanese Ver.,” “Cheer Up Japanese Ver.,” “TT Japanese Ver.,” “Knock Knock Japanese Ver.,” and “Signal Japanese Ver.”
This debut album also got to number 2 as the highest position on Oricon Chart and succeed in selling more than 46,871 copies of the physical album on the day it was released which is June 27th, 2017.
Twice announced their debut showcase called “Touchdown in Japan” on March 21st, 2017, that would be held in Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on July 2nd, 2017, that has a capacity of 15,000 seats. Before the debut showcase, Twice also got their hit song, “TT” to be displayed on Tokyo Tower regarding their Japanese debut date on June 28th, 2017. You can see the photo of Twice members taking a picture with “TT” that lights up the Tokyo Tower.
Just so you know, Tokyo Tower rarely lights up something, unless it is a special day or awareness day. Then we can conclude that Twice is special!
The enthusiasm of Japanese people regarding Twice’s debut could be because Twice has three Japanese members which are Momo, Sana, and Mina. Even before they announced to have a Japanese debut, Twice were already popular in Japan with a song titled “TT.” The iconic dance style that forms a TT expression with hands is also being used by a lot of Japanese fans. Not only that, but some of the Nogizaka46 members and the Keyakuzaka46 members also know about and have mentioned Twice even before their Japanese debut.
Now that we are familiar with the history of Twice’s debut in Japan, we can continue by revealing a detailed rundown of Twice’s activity in Japan, starting from their Japanese discography, their appearance on Japanese TV Shows and Radio Shows, as well as their concert in Japan.
Let’s check it out on the next page!
Twice’s Japan Discography
- What’s Twice?
- “Like OOH-AHH”
- “Cheer Up”
- #Twice (June 2017)
- “Like Ooh-Ahh” – Japanese Ver.
- “Cheer Up” – Japanese Ver.
- “TT” – Japanese Ver.
- “Knock Knock” – Japanese Ver.
- “Signal” – Japanese Ver.
- “Like Ooh-Ahh”
- “Cheer Up”
- “Knock Knock”
- One More Time (October 2017)
- “One More Time”
- “Luv Me”
- “One More Time” (Instrumental)
- “LUV ME” (Instrumental)
- Candy Pop (February 2018)
- “Candy Pop”
- “BRAND NEW GIRL”
- “Candy Pop” (Instrumental)
- “BRAND NEW GIRL” (Instrumental)
- Wake Me Up (May 2018)
- “Wake Me Up”
- “Pink Lemonade”
- “Wake Me Up” (Instrumental)
- “Pink Lemonade” (Instrumental)
- Sensei Kunshu OST (June 2018)
- I Want You Back (Jackson 5 Cover)
- BDZ (September 2018)
- “One More Time”
- “Candy Pop”
- “Say It Again”
- “Wake Me Up”
- “Brand New Girl”
- “Be as ONE”
- “I Want You Back”
- BDZ Repackage (December 2018)
- Stay By My Side
Twice’s Appearance in a Japanese TV Show
The first time Twice made an appearance in a Japanese TV show was on April 14th, 2017, where they introduced themselves, the members, as well as the upcoming debut on TV Asahi’s Music Station before the official debut date. On April 26th, 2017, Twice also made an appearance before their Japanese debut day on Mezamashi TV where they held an interview and greeted Japanese ONCE, the fandom name of Twice’s fans. Days later, more precisely on April 28th, 2017, Twice appeared on Nippon TV Zip where it showed how popular Twice is among Japanese fans, especially after the song “TT” came out. The TT signs became a trend in Japan.
On December 22nd, the same year of Twice’s Japanese debut, Twice performed at TV Asahi’s Music Station Special Live along with another sensational K-Pop group, BTS. Twice also appeared as a performer in the top-rated Year-End music show on NHK, 68th Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
Moving on to the next year, Twice increased their popularity in Japan as they performed on Music Station with their two hit songs, “Wake Me Up,” and the song that had just been released in Korea at the time, “What is Love?” This is the first time for any K-Pop girl group to perform a Korean song in a Japanese music show.
When Twice released the song “BDZ,” they also appeared on TV Asahi’s Music Station to promote the song for the first time, also the sixth time for them to have appeared on this show. On September 17th, 2018, Twice were invited as guests to perform at the 2018 M Station Ultra Fest on TV Asahi.
Seeing how often Twice has made an appearance on a Japanese TV show convinces us to believe that Twice are quite loved in Japan. Japanese ONCE, or J-Once, have also shown them a lot of love that has made them so big.
Twice’s Appearance on a Japanese Radio Show
After Twice became so popular in Japan and made a lot of appearances in a TV show, how about we take a look at Twice’s appearances on a Japanese Radio Show?
The first time Twice were invited as guests on a Japanese radio show is when they became guests on School of Lock on October 19th, 2017. On that show, Twice promoted their latest Japanese single, “One More Time.” The radio show also played Twice’s Japanese singles, such as “TT,” “Knock Knock,” “Cheer Up,” etc.
As Twice has Momo, Sana, and Mina, as native Japanese members, they didn’t have a lot of troubles in promoting the songs, introducing themselves, as well as greeting the fans on the radio show. Besides, other Twice members apart from the Japanese line, have already learned Japanese little by little. Aw, aren’t they cute?
Twice’s Japan Concert
The first time Twice held a tour in Japan was in 2018. The tour was called Twice Showcase Live Tour 2018 “Candy Pop” as they promoted the song “Candy Pop” that was released along with other tracks at the beginning of 2018, on February 7th. The tour was held even before the single was out. On January 19th, 2018, Twice held the first showcase in Seto, followed by the other showcases that were held in Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Tokyo, and Saitama. Even, the showcases in Tokyo and Saitama were held for two days.
Also the same year, in June 2018, Twice held their second tour that was called Twiceland Zone 2 – Fantasy Park. Japan was also one of the destinations as they put two big cities to hold a concert in, which are Osaka and Saitama. Twice held two-day concerts in both cities.
Not a long time after they finished the Twiceland concert, Twice already made a comeback with a tour in Japan. The tour was called Twice 1st Arena Tour 2018 “BDZ” as they promoted their latest single titled “BDZ” that was released on September 12th, 2018. Twice held the tour in four cities in Japan, which are Chiba, Nagoya, Kobe, and Tokyo. They held 8 concerts in total, that consist of a day concert in Chiba on September 28th, 2018. Two-day concert in Nagoya on October 2nd and 3rd, 2018. Three-day concert in Kobe on October 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2018. And lastly, a two-day concert in the capital city, Tokyo, on October 16th and 17th, 2018.
Twice also has broken the record as they became the first K-Pop group ever to have a Japanese dome tour in history. The tour is called Twice Dome Tour 2019 “#Dreamday” that started on March 20th, 2019, in Osaka.
The tour consists of five concerts in Osaka, Tokyo, and Nagoya. As you know, the dome has a 22,000 audience capacity. Knowing that Twice held a concert in the venue that has that huge amount of audiences makes us realize how popular Twice is in Japan.