Opening 2018

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

  • 2 indoor basketball courts with NBA backboards + hardwood floors

  • 4 indoor volleyball courts for training and competition

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

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OUR MISSION

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.

Budokan

is a

community-

driven project

of

Little Tokyo
Service Center

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A PLACE FOR COMMUNITY

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.  Budokan will fill a huge void for sports programs and activities both locally and regionally.

A PLACE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

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

Before we break ground summer August of 2017

be a part of history

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

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SPECIAL EVENTS

LTSC is a non-profit and hosts numerous fundraising events to benefit Budokan

Straight Outta Little Tokyo (SOLT 2)
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017
7:00pm
Kickin’ it back old school, Straight Outta Little Tokyo was a huge success last year and the crew is looking...
1pm STARS FOR BUDOKAN ENKA CONCERT
Saturday, Jun 24, 2017
1:00pm
Co-sponsored by the All United States Kendo Federation and LTSC (produced by Eiko Fujino).  This variety show...
4:30pm STARS FOR BUDOKAN ENKA CONCERT
Saturday, Jun 24, 2017
4:30pm
Co-sponsored by the All United States Kendo Federation and LTSC (produced by Eiko Fujino).  This variety show...

FUNDRAISING PROGRESS

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

10% Raised

AUGUST 2011

LA City approves Budokan’s long-term land lease, LTSC begins the 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

DECEMBER 2016

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

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.

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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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