Taylor Swift has finally kicked off her 1989 World Tour at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on Tuesday, May 5. The singer also managed to create her share of “Swiftie” mania and a slight air traffic jam due to the hundreds of fans that were excited to see her. Taylor’s fans knew about her arrival that took place in Chiba, Japan, when she arrived at the venue prior to her first concert.
Swift, 25, was mobbed by the dozens of fans as she arrived to the airport. She was so mobbed that she had a difficult time escaping through the entrance door. Some of the Swifties stopped her in her tracks by reaching out to touch her, while others whipped out their phones and cameras so they could take photos of the singer.
So many fans showed up to Narita Airport that it caused flight delays, according to the New York Daily News. Swifties who arrived at the airport caused two major flights to be delayed. The singer didn’t let the swarms of people get to her. Swift played it cool with the huge mob by signing for autographs and posing for photos. She even took videos with some of the lucky guys and girls that came out to see her. Swift tried to meet as many of her fans as possible before leaving out the door.
Taylor even shared a photo of the Swiftie mania on Instagram. She included the caption: “A very low key arrival in Tokyo …#1989WorldTour.” What a perfect way to kick off a world tour.
The singer then kicked off her tour the very next day with an opening speech and an impressive set list. It’s obvious that Taylor appreciates her fans, as seen in her speech below.
“I wanted to thank you for everything you’ve done for me this year. This year has absolutely changed my life.
If you’ve ever listened to my music, you probably know that I’m very intrigued by writing songs about love and relationships. For this album, I was a 25-year-old girl living in a big city — single –and writing about love from the outside looking in.”
Swift’s 1989 World Tour will also include cameos from her cats, Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey, even though they’re not traveling with her. The cats will become the highlights of the backdrop. Swift’s tour will also included performances from Haim, Shawn Mendes, and Vance Joy.
After Taylor Swift performs in Tokyo, she will continue her tour in the U.S., Great Britain, Ireland, and Canada. Are you going to her 1989 World Tour this summer?
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