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
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
A PLACE FOR COMMUNITY
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.
A PLACE FOR OPPORTUNITY
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.
A PLACE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Paul I. Terasaki Budokan will help preserve the cultural heritage of Little Tokyo and bridge different communities through sports and events.
be a part of history
Future location is on Los Angeles Street between 2nd & 3rd Street
Join us for Straight Outta Little Tokyo 3 (90’s hip hop musical festival to benefit Terasaki Budokan) on Saturday, June 16 6pm-1am!
Featured Artist: TROOP
Elemental Funk, Ho’opala, Jules Aurora, Kaze Jones, Kokoro, Paul Dateh, StylieRay, Taiko Project, and 90’s Hip Hop DJs will also be performing!
Guest Speaker: LA Laker Michael “Coop” Cooper
Tickets are now on sale for $25 Presale and $30 At The Door (June 15 + June 16).
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.
SPECIAL TRIBUTE CAMPAIGNS
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-473-1619).
We have collected $15,665.00 of our $25,000.00 target. It is 62.66% of our goal for the Philip Ito campaign
We have collected $100,792.00 of our $100,000.00 target. It is 100.79% of our goal for the Bill and Ruth Watanabe campaign
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
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
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.
"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!"
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."