a premier event venue for judo, kendo, aikido, and karate
2 indoor high school regulation basketball courts
4 indoor volleyball courts for training and competition
a unique gathering place for youth, families, and seniors
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.
Help us build a big gym in Little Tokyo
$33.8M Capital Campaign Progress
*Our fundraising gap is now $2.7 million.Please do what you can to reduce this amount.
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.
Job Title: Budokan Development Associate
Supervisor: Budokan Capital Campaign Director
Employment Status: Full-time (1.0 fte) for an 18-month term, with the possibility of an extension, full benefits package
The Budokan Development Associate will be an employee of Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) and will play a key role in the Budokan capital campaign. This Associate will work closely with the Budokan campaign team and LTSC’s development team to cultivate and steward donors through multiple outreach efforts including individual donors, events and outreach efforts. The Budokan Development Associate will also provide general support to the overall campaign targeting primarily Japanese American and APA communities.
SPECIAL TRIBUTE CAMPAIGNS
To help commemorate 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 $100,842.00 of our $100,000 goal in honor of Bill & Ruth Watanabe.
We have collected $10,550.00 of our $10,000 goal in memory of Judy Nishimoto Ota.
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!"
"The younger generations will finally have a place to play basketball and get back in touch with their roots. It will serve as a center where the upcoming generations can have a place to meet and have fun."
“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."
"The Budokan is a gift to the next generation. My parents will be able to watch me play basketball at the Budokan, and maybe even witness their grandchildren do the same."
"No project has symbolized the grit and tenacity of Little Tokyo in recent years more than what will be known as Terasaki Budokan."
"I know that it will be a great opportunity for other Japanese American kids like myself to reconnect with our culture and history through Little Tokyo... Budokan will help bring us closer to our roots."