One Direction, the biggest act to emerge from "The X Factor," visited Japan for the first time on January 16, 2013. The boy band flew from the United Kingdom to Narita Airport. Sources say that the visit to Japan is being filmed for One Direction's 3-D movie that is due in cinemas on August 30, 2013. Whether or not the footage will end up in the movie in unknown at this point.
Every time One Direction goes out in public, the group is bombarded by fans, most of them young and female, many of them screaming. The hysteria was no different in Japan.
One Direction's Niall Horan, 19, tweeted: "Japan! This place is so cool! Can't wait for next few days! Gonna be fun! Airport was crazy! Big love to japanese fans.”
One Direction's Harry Styles, 18, tweeted: "Sooooo Hi Japan!"
The members of One Direction donned traditional Japanese kimonos during their visit, which will include performances and other public appearances.
One Direction has had No. 1 hits in countries around the world in almost all continents. Fans in Asia and South America have been wondering when One Direction will tour in these continents. Although the group had offers to perform concerts there in the last quarter of 2012, the group opted to spend time in Europe and North America promoting One Direction's second album, "Take Me Home," which was released in November 2012.
As of now, One Direction's 2013 world tour (which officially launches on February 22) is going to Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. Most of the concerts sold out a year in advance.
According to Sony Music, One Direction had worldwide sales of 15 million singles, albums and DVD by the end of 2012.
UPDATE: One Direction spent some time in Japan singing karaoke with The Vaccines, according to Twitter messages and photos that were posted by group members.