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.