|Introducing The Budokan of Los Angeles!
| The Little Tokyo Recreation Center is now the Budokan of Los Angeles!
the capital campaign enters high gear and the dream of a sports complex
in Little Tokyo begins to materialize, we have a very important
announcement to make. The Little Tokyo Recreation Center project
is now the Budokan of Los Angeles (BoLA).
“Budokan” roughly translates to “martial arts
hall” in Japanese. Despite the literal translation, the
word “budokan” has held a mostly ambiguous definition,
especially in Japan. The world-famous Nippon Budokan in Tokyo was
constructed specifically for Judo competition in the 1964 Summer
Olympics and other high-level martial arts events. Today,
however, it is best known as a world-class concert venue and
multi-purpose sports arena. As the Western counterpart to the
Budokan of the East, the BoLA will provide a premier venue for karate,
kendo, judo, and other martial arts.
BoLA is also capable of housing four adjacent basketball or volleyball
courts for large-scale tournaments, leagues, or practices.
Meeting rooms and open space (including a rooftop terrace) can also
accommodate community events and social service programs.
Most importantly, the term “Budokan” establishes a cultural
identity for the facility, evoking the spirit of Little Tokyo and its
rich history as a part of the Los Angeles community. For more
than a century, Little Tokyo has endured constant change, yet has
continued to thrive in downtown Los Angeles. As one of only three
remaining historic Japantowns in the United States, preservation of
Japanese American culture remains a paramount concern for many in the
community. The BoLA will ensure a cultural presence in Los
Angeles, advancing a decorated legacy of sports in the Japanese
The brand new Budokan of Los Angeles website has launched! Check
the site for updates, upcoming events, San Tai San information, and
|See the new Budokan of Los Angeles (BoLA)!
|In this image (from left to right):
Sakai, President, MS Research; Ebisawa Takuya, Ishou Keikaku
Corporation; Bill Watanabe, Executive Director, LTSC; Tsujikawa Saya,
Ishou Keikaku Corporation; Hayahiko Takase, Architect for Rec Center;
Scott Ito, Capital Campaign Director
Our design architect Hayahiko Takase has produced some brand new, high quality architectural renderings of the BoLA.
With the assistance of Japanese artists Ebisawa Takawa and Tsujikawa
Saya (Ishou Keikaku Corporation), we now have a visual conception
of the upcoming sports and activities center – and we
couldn’t be more excited!
Mr. Takase’s design is a contemporary take on classical Japanese
architecture, combining a traditional tiled roof with a modern glass
façade. The center section of the roof will be surrounded
by a landscaped garden, complete with a jogging path circling the
structure. The roof also includes an open terrace for meetings or
Two levels of parking will accommodate up to 250 cars. One level
of parking is to be constructed underground while the second parking
level will be the ground floor of the BoLA. The ground floor will
include the main entrance, along with two retail spaces.
The four-court gymnasium will occupy most of the second floor.
The mezzanine level above the courts will offer many views of the
action below from multiple balconies and windows.
|Register for San Tai San 2009! Save $20 before April 20th!!!
11th Annual San Tai San
Saturday May 16, 2009
Part of Little Tokyo Children's Day Celebration
For Children Grades 3 thru 7
May 23rd will mark San Tai San’s eleventh year as part of Little
Tokyo Children’s Day festivities. Come join us as we close
down San Pedro Street, set up the hoops, and enjoy a great day of
basketball on the Little Tokyo streets! Designed as a way to
prove our community’s need for a local sports complex, this
year’s event will be a true celebration as we move toward the
completion of the Budokan of Los Angeles (BoLA)!
The exciting 3-on-3 tournament will kick off after the morning Chibi-K
run, which is open for free to all San Tai San registrants.
Early registration is open now and is priced at $55! This is a
limited offer that will expire on April 20th. Don’t miss
out…that’s a savings of $20! Register now!
San Tai San Website
|Omega Sigma Tau
Omega Sigma Tau fraternity of UCLA has been a great help to the BoLA
campaign throughout the years. The Omegas have volunteered at
many of our past events and have helped with fundraising and
outreach. This year, Omega Sigma Tau will provide volunteer help
for San Tai San and other Children’s Day festivities, so look for
them working hard on May 23rd! The Omegas also organize the
Battle Royale dance competition, the proceeds of which will benefit the
Budokan of Los Angeles.
A big thanks to Omega Sigma Tau; the BoLA campaign would be far more difficult if not for your help!
Omega Sigma Tau
Battle Royale LA