TOKYO (AP) — Will it work?
Taylor Swift's latest song will still be ringing in the ears of thousands of fans at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday night, as the singer is expected to rush to a private plane at Haneda Airport that will take her on a time-zone-spanning trip to see her boyfriend, NFL star Travis Kelce, play in the Super Paul in Las Vegas.
The prospect of this race against time, across nine time zones and the International Date Line, has sparked imagination and speculation for weeks.
At Saturday night's party, there was plenty of evidence of the unique cultural phenomenon that is the relationship between Swift and Kelsey, the connection between professional football and Swift's immense star power. In addition to sequined dresses celebrating Swift in a packed Tokyo Dome, there were Travis Kelce jerseys, hats and other gear celebrating his team, the Kansas City Chiefs. Some in Tokyo spent thousands of dollars to attend the pop star's concerts this week.
To describe global scrutiny of Swift's travels as intense is an understatement.
Fans have tracked her plane. Planetary temperature rise Carbon emissions Her travels around the world have been criticized. Officials studied her ability to park her plane at Las Vegas airports.
Even Japanese diplomats got into the act. The Japanese Embassy in Washington posted on social media that it could participate in the Super Bowl at the appropriate time, and included in its statement three titles of Swift's songs – “Speak Now,” “Fearless” and “Red.”
“If you leave Tokyo in the evening after your concert, you should arrive comfortably in Las Vegas before the start of the Super Bowl,” the statement read.
Office worker Hitomi Takahashi, 29, bought matching Taylor Swift T-shirts with her friend and was taking photos right outside the dome on Saturday. “I hope you can go back in time. It's so romantic,” she said.
She is aware of the criticism Swift faces over her private jets, but said the singer is being unfairly discriminated against.
“Many other people are traveling on business, and she is here for her job. She faces criticism because she is famous and privileged,” Takahashi said.
Swift has already been traveling the world this week.
Before coming to Asia, she attended the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, winning her 14th Grammy Award and a record-breaking fourth Album of the Year Award for “Midnights.” The show has been watched by approx 17 million people. She also made a surprise announcement The next album is ready to decline in April.
Then the four concerts in Tokyo, and now apparently a quick trip to try to get to Las Vegas to see Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs' tight end, play in action. power. I followed Kelsey For most of the Chiefs season.
If all goes as planned, she is expected to travel to Australia later this week to continue her tour.
“This week is truly the best kind of chaos,” Swift said Published Wednesday On Instagram.
Mari Yamaguchi contributed to this report.
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