BIGBANG‘s comeback and world tour, “2012 BIGBANG Alive Tour,” is also being watched by Japanese media. In a March 5 article from the Japanese paper Sankei Sports, the writer talks about BIGBANG’s popularity not only in Korea but throughout the world. As you may remember, BIGBANG won the “World Wide Act” award at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. And while BIGBANG faced a number of obstacles in 2011, leader G-Dragon said that regarding this tour, “Until now, we focused on making things fun for the fans. This time, we are trying to create a musical show.”

The writer continued by stating that by having Laurieann Gibson on as the main director, BIGBANG has created a strong team and a world tour on a scale never before done by an Asian artist. About 39,000 people attended the Seoul performances which took place between March 2 and 4. BIGBANG will head to Japan in May/June to hold their tour in five cities there, with two performances per city. If you are in Japan and are interested in seeing BIGBANG perform, their schedule is as follows:

May 17, May 18  Aichi Prefecture Nihon Gaishi Hall
Doors open: 6PM Start 7PM  Inquiries: Kyodo Tokai 052-972-7466

May 26, May 27  Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Arena
Doors open: 5PM (Saturday)/3PM (Sunday) Start: 6PM/4PM   Inquiries: DISK GARAGE 050-5533-0888

June 1, June 2  Osaka Osaka-jo Hall
Doors open: 6PM/5PM Start: 7PM/6PM  Inquiries: Kyodo Information 06-7732-8888

June 16, June 17  Saitama Prefecture Saitama Super Arena
Doors open: 5PM/3PM, Start: 6PM/4PM  Inquiries: Kyodo Tokyo 0570-064-708

June 23, June 24  Fukuoka Prefecture Marine Messe Fukuoka
Doors open: 5PM/3PM Start: 6PM/4PM  Inquiries: Kyodo Nishi-Nihon 092-714-0159

Tickets go on sale from April 28 at 10AM and cost 9,500 yen.