Vision Fund




In 2004, as LTSC was in the process of seeking a permanent home for the Budokan of Los Angeles (or what was formerly the Little Tokyo Recreation Center), a group of long-time supporters provided some initial support to help initiate the efforts for the upcoming capital campaign. This group of investors helped to create the Vision Fund.

The Vision Fund was created to provide initial seed capital for the Budokan of Los Angeles to initiate efforts and begin laying the foundation for the capital campaign. Specifically, the fund allowed LTSC to work with experts in the field of fundraising to help create a capital campaign strategy and conduct a feasibility study.

The Budokan of Los Angeles would not be here today, if it weren’t for the vision, dedication and belief of these pioneer investors. All Vision Fund donors will be recognized on a permanent memorial wall at the future facility.

Foundation/Corporate Gifts:
The California Endowment
Southern California Edison
Japanese American Community Services (JACS)
Whitecap Foundation

Charter Investors ($1,000 +)
All United States Kendo Federation
Doug & Chris Aihara
Henry S. Asai
Community Youth Council (CYC)
Aileen Hongo
Fred Y. Hoshiyama
Bruce Iwasaki & Evelyn Yoshimura
Dick & Pauline Kaku
Ed & Sue Kamiyama
Ken & Bonnie Kasamatsu
Alan Kosaka
Debbie Kotani
Jenni Kuida & Tony Osumi
Amy, Emi & Cate Kuniyoshi
Chuck & Jean Kuniyoshi and Family
Kim Maru & David Monkawa
Toyo & Hiro Miyatake
Sam & Jean Miyamoto
Carrie & Walter Morita
Jeff & Christine Murakami
Mike Murase
David Nagano
Chris Naito
Nanka Judo
Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR)
Alan Nishio
Michael, Margie, & Katherine Odanaka
John Okura & Julie Tatsugawa
So. Cal. Women’s Athletic Union (SCWAU)
So. Cal. Kendo Federation
Lisa Sugino & Jay Rosenthal
Ray & Sharon Sugiyama
Abbot Seytsu & Suzue Takahashi
Ed Takahashi
Hayahiko Takase
Tetsu & Kathlene Tanimoto
Randy & Gloria Uchida
Ansho Uchima
Bill & Ruth Watanabe
France & Jerry Wong
Gideon & Jayne Young Family

Vision Investors (up to $999):
Janet Mitsui & Roger Brown
Colleen Chikahisa
Yosh Hirai
Art Ishii
Noelle Ito
Philip & Barbara Ito
Scott Ito
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Jeff Liu
Gann Matsuda
Morley & Sue Matsuda
Christina & Kei Nagao
Dr. Grant R. Nakagawa
Rev. Mark M. Nakagawa and Family
Davis Park
Bruce Saito
Seitoku University
Christina Shigemura
Tom Sogi
Elaine & Cooke Sunoo
Anthony & Susan Thompson
Suzanne & Robert Toji
Kenneth Toma
Andrew Uchida
Steven Wong & Leslie Ito
Ventura County JACL


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
(213) 473-3030