The community’s movement to build our home court BUDOKAN has received more excitement than ever. Southern California Public Radio KPCC recently featured BUDOKAN in a story about the value of basketball in Japanese American communities and the importance of bringing that tradition back to Little Tokyo. To listen to the full story, click here.
Meanwhile, fundraising efforts continue to gain momentum. On April 23, more than 80 friends, supporters and community leaders from sports affiliations throughout Southern California attended a kick off event at the JACCC. We distributed 10,000 raffle tickets for a new Toyota Highlander hybrid, with a winner to be drawn later this year. On April 30, another 500 people attended the Big BUDOKAN Bash fundraiser dance at the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.
And don't forget to save the date for June 4. Our friends at Little Tokyo Vibes are planning a fundraising event for BUDOKAN called Straight Outta Little Tokyo. DJs include Lloyd Honda of Kut Above, Tricky Troy & Tony Sugano Jr. OG Sounds, KFA and many more. Tickets are on sale now.