What is Paul I. Terasaki Budokan?

Paul I. Terasaki Budokan (named after philanthropist Dr. Paul I. Terasaki) will be a recreational, multi-purpose activity center and gathering place located in the historic and cultural community of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles.

Who is Paul I. Terasaki?

Dr. Paul Ichiro Terasaki (1929-2016) is known professionally for developing a tissue-typing test for organ transplant donors and recipients which became the international standard for such testing.  He is also a generous philanthropist who made significant donations to his alma mater UCLA and to many Japanese American organizations and to causes that fostered mutual understanding between U.S. and Japan.  Early in life, he was among those incarcerated at Gila River in Arizona.  Before his passing in 2016, he established the Terasaki Family Foundation along with his wife, Hisako, and his four adult children.  Dr. Terasaki was proud of his Japanese American heritage and had deep affection for the Nikkei community in Southern California.  The Terasaki Family Foundation made a $3.5 million gift to LTSC and the Budokan Project at the beginning of 2017.  The Budokan of Los Angeles will be renamed Terasaki Budokan after the late Dr. Paul I. Terasaki.

What does the word ''Budokan'' mean?

The Japanese word “budokan” literally translates to “martial arts hall” in English.  “Budo” meaning “the way of the warrior” embodies physical discipline, harmony, and respect, virtues that the Terasaki Budokan will represent. During the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics, the Nippon Budokan was built as the official competition venue for Judo.  Today, the Nippon Budokan continues to host Japan’s National Championship for judo, kendo, aikido, karate, naginata, etc. Nippon Budokan is also internationally known as a concert venue and the first rock group to perform there were the Beatles in 1966.  Terasaki Budokan promises to preserve the cultural legacy of Little Tokyo by incorporating traditional Japanese values and customs.  This standard will serve to differentiate the Budokan from many other recreation and entertainment venues in Southern California.

How do you say ''Budokan''?

Terasaki (teh-rah-sah-key) and Budokan (boo-dough-kahn) (boo-doe-kahn)

Is there a shorter name or nickname for Paul I. Terasaki Budokan?

Paul I. Terasaki Budokan can be referred to as Terasaki Budokan or simply Budokan for short.

What does the Budokan's logo mean?

The logo design incorporates the Japanese kanji character, “do” (pronounced “dough”), which variously means: way, path or road.  It is alternatively read as “michi” to mean “street.”  The compound forms combined with other characters create an additional layer of meaning, for example “budo” translates to “the way of the warrior.”  Further, in the expansive utility of this kanji, “doutoku” means “morals” or “ethics.”  The character also symbolizes Taoism, a philosophical tradition of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (The Way) and to be humble.

What does ''A Home Court for All'' mean?

Terasaki Budokan’s tagline is “A Home Court for All.”  Most often, the term “home court advantage” has been used in sports to signify that the host team has a competitive edge over visiting teams.  We believe that Terasaki Budokan will be a facility in which everyone is equally welcomed.