We Broke Ground August 3

  • A premier event venue for Judo, Kendo, Aikido, and Karate

  • 2 indoor basketball courts with backboards donated by LA LAKERS

  • 4 indoor volleyball courts for training and competition

  • A unique gathering place for youth, families, and seniors  

  • Formerly known as Budokan of Los Angeles  

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To provide a facility in Downtown, Los Angeles for youth, families and seniors that offers sports, community activities, and opportunities to connect visitors to Japanese American culture and a vibrant, sustainable Little Tokyo.

Paul I. Terasaki Budokan

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Little Tokyo
Service Center

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Paul I. Terasaki Budokan will be a unique gathering place that will enhance the quality of life for locals and commuters alike through its diverse, inter-generational programs.


Recreation and sports facilities in LA are at a premium with access severely limited by scheduling problems and high costs.  Paul I. Terasaki Budokan will fill a huge void for sports programs and activities both locally and regionally.


Paul I. Terasaki Budokan will help preserve the cultural heritage of Little Tokyo and bridge different communities through sports and events.

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Future location is on Los Angeles Street between 2nd & 3rd Street

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Job Title: Director of Paul I. Terasaki Budokan

Supervisor: Executive Director of Little Tokyo Service Center

Employment Status: Full-time salaried; compensation DOE

Closing Date: Open until filled

The Director of Paul I. Terasaki Budokan (also referred to as “Terasaki Budokan” or “Budokan”) will promote healthy living, youth development, social responsibility, cultural awareness and community preservation by providing leadership and overseeing the operations of a multipurpose sports and activities center in Little Tokyo, with a particular focus on programming, fundraising, and sustainability. The Director will oversee Budokan staff and work in coordination with appropriate departments and staff of LTSC.


To help commerate the achievements of these individuals on the Terasaki Budokan Donor Wall, please consider making a donation in their honor or in their memory. If you would like to nominate someone for a special campaign, please contact Kim Kawasaki (kkawasaki@ltsc.org or 213-473-1619).

Bill & Ruth Watanabe Tribute

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We have collected $96,787.00 of our $100,000.00 target. It is 96.79% of our goal for the Bill and Ruth Watanabe campaign


Judy Nishimoto Ota Memorial

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We have collected $10,550.00 of our $10,000.00 target. It is 105.50% of our goal for the Judy Nishimoto Ota campaign


Monica Quan Memorial

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We have collected $1,874.17 of our $10,000.00 target. It is 18.74% of our goal for the Monica Quan campaign


Philip Ito Memorial

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We have collected $15,665.00 of our $25,000.00 target. It is 62.66% of our goal for the Philip Ito campaign


Seiji Isomoto Memorial

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We have collected $25,200.00 of our $25,000.00 target. It is 100.80% of our goal for the Seiji Isomoto campaign



A $25 million Capital Campaign will cover the projected development and construction costs of Terasaki Budokan

10% Raised


LA City approves Terasaki Budokan’s long-term land lease, LTSC begins the Terasaki Budokan Capital Campaign to raise $25 million.

40% Raised

MAY 2013

Grants at the city, state, and federal level are secured and key individual contributors show their support for the Budokan project.

90% Raised


LTSC has successfully raised 90% of the capital campaign and a ground breaking ceremony is set for August of 2017!

93% Raised

MAY 2017

Thanks to the Terasaki Family Foundation and other major donors, LTSC has raised 93% of the $25M Capital Campaign!


The best way to get involved is to volunteer, volunteer, volunteer.  Join our outreach team, help at fundraising events, or lend us your skills.

  • For the past few years, it’s been  "tomorrow" or "someday." Now, it’s "today," it’s for real.

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    Bill Watanabe Former LTSC Executive Director
  • "I am looking forward to seeing other kids come down to eat mochi ice cream and wearing basketball jerseys in Little Tokyo every weekend at the Budokan!"

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    Cailene & Nora Ito Budokan Volunteers
  • "With the gym there, oh man, we'd be going to Little Tokyo once a week if we could practice there.  It would be far for us Orange County guys, but it'd be worth it just to eat.  Ramen, soba, sushi, California rolls - amazing."

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    Aidan Kosaka Budokan Volunteer
  • “Little Tokyo is a place that has shaped my identity and the place I hope will shape my daughter’s identities as well.  We have the power to shape Little Tokyo’s evolution and I believe in everything the Budokan promises to achieve.”

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    Silvia Yoshimizu-Yee Budokan Volunteer
  • “Growing up with JA activities like basketball and church has taught me values that applied on and off the court.  I have made life-long friends and I hope younger generations will have the same opportunities and experiences at Budokan.”

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    Randy Masada Budokan Volunteer
  • “Playing basketball gave me a sense of community.  Building Budokan will give us a way to ensure that these traditions and cultural values continue to thrive.”

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    Natalie Nakase Budokan Volunteer
  • "Kendo's priority is to have proper etiquette, proper manners and to be humble.  It's building your character.  For the young Gosei or 5th generation Japanese Americans, Budokan will be essential to their future."

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    Shikai Sensei US Kendo Federation

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