LTSC Announces Grand Opening of Terasaki Budokan

Self-defense class held at Terasaki Budokan in response to anti-Asian hate incidents.

The Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) will celebrate the grand opening of the Paul I. Terasaki Budokan, a community recreation facility, with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, March 11, followed by a free, public grand opening ceremony on Saturday. March 11. 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Both events will take place at the Terasaki Budokan, 249 S. Los Angeles St. (between Second and Third Streets), Los Angeles. Although the facility has been operational since spring 2020, a public celebration has been postponed due to the pandemic. The culmination of a 30-year dream, Terasaki Budokan’s grand opening is a community celebration honoring the decades of perseverance that brought that vision to life.

Terasaki Budokan Summer Camp Children

Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony will bring together officials, funders, community partners and supporters of the Terasaki Budokan Project to commemorate the achievement of this visionary project. Speakers include Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, 53rd Assembly District; Kevin de Leon, member of the Los Angeles City Council, 14th District; Bill Watanabe, former executive director of the LTSC; Jan Perry, former Los Angeles City Council member and executive director of Shelter Partnership; and more.

“It really took a whole village to bring this project to fruition – from grassroots supporters to visionary elected officials, to generous donors large and small, public agencies at many levels of government, foundations and corporations. partners,” explained Erich Nakano, director of the LTSC. director.

LTSC Vaccination Clinic in Terasaki Budokan

Saturday’s grand opening celebration is a free, community-focused event that invites the community of Little Tokyo, the downtown LA community and Southern California’s largest Japanese American community to tour the facility while enjoying exciting activities and shows.

Notable appearances include Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West, 2020 U.S. Olympian Sakura Kokumai (presented by Panasonic), and a musical performance by the Grammy Award-winning band Quetzal.

Urban Voices show at Terasaki Budokan

The celebration will also include a calligraphy performance by artist Kuni Yoshida; taiko performance by J-Town Taiko Club; hula performance by Hālau Hula Keali’i O Nālani; martial arts demonstrations by Sho Tokyo Kendo Dojo, Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu from Little Tokyo and Budokan Judo from LA; musical activation by Urban Voices Project; hip-hop dance workshops by UniverSOUL Hip Hop from the Music Center; DJ sets by DJ Caroline and DJ Mista Fista from KFA; basketball skills contest; table tennis tournament; and more.

“LTSC has created a ‘Home Court for All’ for everyone to come together and celebrate the diversity of Los Angeles and Little Tokyo. We are thrilled to finally celebrate the grand opening of our facility with our community and the people who helped make it happen,” said Ryan Lee, Director of Terasaki Budokan. “The Budokan is much more than a new gym and event hall. It’s an intersection of culture and athleticism and a testament to the unwavering strength of our community. It is a fulcrum to ensure that the spirit of our community will endure for future generations.

Watch party organized when Sakura Kokumai (on screen) participated in the Olympics

About the SCLT

LTSC is a social service and community development organization that has been creating positive change for people and places in Southern California for 40 years. Beginning with its home in Little Tokyo, LTSC preserves and strengthens the region’s unique ethnic communities where the people, culture and collective future matter. Info: www.LTSC.org

East LA Taiko performs at Terasaki Budokan

About Terasaki Budokan

Paul I. Terasaki Budokan is a multipurpose sports facility and community center in Little Tokyo. The culmination of a 30-year dream and development process by LTSC, Budokan provides much-needed community space and programs for youth, families and seniors in downtown Los Angeles. Budokan aims to connect visitors to Japanese American culture and contribute to a vibrant and sustainable Little Tokyo. Info: www.terasakibudokan.org

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