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Budokan Brochure (PDF)




5th Annual Sansei Legacy BoLAthon

Budokan project awarded Proposition K grant of $1.3million from the City

An Evening with Jerry West


Mr. Noritoshi & Fusako Kanai $20,000 Donation (PDF)

4th Annual Sansei Legacy BoLAthon (PDF)



Groundlease Approval (PDF)

Kick Off Reception (PDF)





Budokan project awarded funding from Prop K, City of Los Angeles

Budokan received $1.3 Million grant - Rafu Shimpo - August 30, 2013

Little Tokyo Rec Center Gets $1.3 Million Grant - Downtown News - August 29, 2013



Budokan Project awarded major funding

Budokan project gets $5 million grant - Rafu Shimpo - April 5, 2012

One Step Closer: Downtown LA Little Tokyo Budokan Sports Complex Receives $5 Million State Grant - Brigham Yen - April 3, 2012

Big Grant for Budokan Project - Los Angeles Downtown News - April 11, 2012

The Impact the Budokan will have in the future

Six Projects that will Shape Downtown's District in 2012 - Los Angeles Downtown News - January 4, 2012


Aratani Foundation donation

Aratani Foundation donates one- million dollars to the Budokan of Los Angeles project - Cultural News - August 11, 2011

Little Tokyo Budokan gets $1 Million - LAdowntown News - August 15, 2011

Driving to the Hoop - $1 million donation kicks off fundraising campaign for Budokan of Los Angeles - Rafu Shimpo - August 18, 2011

Groundlease Approval for the Budokan by the City of Los Angeles

COURTING DREAMS: Los Angeles City Council grants Little Tokyo sports complex final approval - Nichi Bei - June 30, 2011

A leg up for Little Tokyo gym - Los Angeles Times - May 18, 2011

City Council OKs Budokan - Rafu Shimpo - May 18, 2011

Little Tokyo Gym Finally has a Home - NBC Los Angeles - May 18, 2011

Budokan Sports Complex Receives LA City Council Approval in Little Tokyo - Brigham Yen - May 18, 2011

Budokan of Los Angeles Updates

Budokan of Los Angeles - LAdowntown News - September, 16, 2011



Budokan of Los Angeles Updates

Budokan of Los Angeles - LAdowntown News - September 20, 2010

Lease Negotiations for Little Tokyo Recreation Center Headed to Council - Blogdowntown - April 21, 2010



BoLA Bowl-a-Thon

Bowling for a Little Tokyo - Pacific Citizen - September 4, 2009

Old Skool: Back in the Day fundraiser

J-Town Goes "Old Skool" - Rafu Shimpo - August 11, 2009

Wat Misaka Returns to the Garden

Pioneering Knick Returns to the Garden - NY Times - August 10, 2009

Budokan of Los Angeles Updates

US Frontline - June 20, 2009 (in Japanese)

New Name, New Era for Gym - Rafu Shimpo - April 18, 2009
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Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story screening

Transcending the Game - Rafu Shimpo - February 2, 2009
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Community Celebration

Japanese Daily Sun - November 14, 2008 (in Japanese)

Kick Off Held for Little Tokyo Recreation Center - Rafu Shimpo - November 13, 2008

Rec Center Spirits Fly High - Rafu Shimpo

Memorandum of Understanding

Japanese Daily Sun - October 1, 2008 (in Japanese)
At Last, Recreation Center to Move Forward - Rafu Shimpo - September 24, 2008
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At long last, Little Tokyo to get its gym - LA Times - September 24, 2008
Little Tokyo Gym Plan Approved - Downtown News - September 9, 2008




What is a Budokan?

Budokan roughly translates as "martial arts hall" in Japanese. The name is derived from the Nippon Budokan, a large arena in Central Tokyo, Japan. The arena was originally constructed for judo competition during the 1964 Summer Olympics, but today serves as a multi-purpose facility that caters to sports, entertainment and other activities. Currently in the United States, there are numerous budokans which serve as multi-purpose centers for martial arts, team sports such as basketball and volleyball, community activities and other special events.

Budokan of Los Angeles, a Project of Little Tokyo Service Center
231 E Third St, Suite G106
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