Over on the other side of the world, they do entertainment a little bit differently to what we are accustomed to in the West. Tokyo is home to The Big Egg, or the Tokyo Big Egg, a nickname which stems from its physical resemblance to a—wait for it—big egg.
The Tokyo Dome arena was completed in 1988 in Bunkyo, a special ward of Tokyo, and since then has been the home of Tokyo baseball team, the Yomiuri Giants.
Tokyo Dome is the central attraction of Tokyo Dome City, an entertainment park complete with roller coasters and other thrill seeker rides. There, you can view Tokyo from high above by taking the giant Ferris Wheel. Dome City also incorporates a shopping precinct as well as restaurants and bars. It is serviced by the Tokyo Underground on the Marunouchi Line and the Namboku Line. Tokyo Dome has a large capacity: 42,000 all seated or 55,000 overall.
The Big Egg has hosted a great variety of events, including NFL Gridiron, wrestling matches, MMA tournaments and Monster Truck meets. One of the most noteworthy events to take place there was in 1990, when huge boxing underdog, James Buster Douglas, sensationally knocked out undisputed heavyweight champion, Iron Mike Tyson.
Other great events hosted at the Tokyo Dome include a series of performances by Mariah Carey in 1996 and Guns ‘n’ Roses at the height of their popularity in 1992. Michael Jackson smashed all record books there by performing 22 times. The Rolling Stones are also no strangers, performing at 10 concerts over their long career.
Prince, who died suddenly in 2016, performed at the Tokyo Dome six times. Pop artist Britney Spears has also performed at the dome, as has Madonna and country sensation, Taylor Swift. The list of stars that have played the venue is a veritable who’s who of the pop and rock world.