Dance “Made in J-Town” for the benefit of Terasaki Budokan

Kokoro will be the dance group.

“Made in J-Town” will take place on Saturday, September 10 at Terasaki Budokan, 249 S. Los Angeles St. in Little Tokyo. Doors open at 5 p.m., followed by music and dancing at 6:30 p.m.

The outdoor party, a fundraiser for Terasaki Budokan, begins with a performance by the J-Town Taiko Club. The featured group will be Kokoro.

Wear your favorite happi coat, Budokan t-shirt, basketball jersey, Nisei Week Queen outfits, dancewear, and anything that represents your organization, social group, or hobbies.

Terasaki Budokan is home to taiko, martial arts groups, basketball teams, exercise/yoga/tai chi classes, pickleball, ping pong, community meetings, voting, odori/dance, religious gatherings and a much needed recreation center. It has hosted many memorials and weddings, seminars and shows. In the future…maybe a fashion show, tea ceremony and food tastings, wine and dinner pop-ups…maybe an Olympic event in 2028?

The future of Terasaki Budokan looks bright, and thanks to all of you who have supported and helped raise funds since the idea was first launched over 35 years ago, it’s finally here, up and running. All those cookie and arares sales, basketball tournaments, dance events, bargain ticket sales, golf tournaments, etc., have all paid off…it’s your hard work, support and energy that made dreams come true.

We are also very sad to announce that this will be Steven Santiago’s farewell performance with Kokoro as he leaves California for Idaho to take care of his family obligations. Steven, who was with Carry On and is now with Kokoro and other tribute bands, will sing many of your favorite dance tunes. Jamming with Kokoro will be Yuri Matthews on saxophone, and the Kokoro gang with Jennifer Lindy. And who knows who might show up to join the party?

Yes, we will have a dance floor outside on the Lower Plaza in front of the band platform.

We wouldn’t be in Little Tokyo without a welcome ondo led by Shuko Akune, who will be teaching an ondo dance to “Roll It, Roll It.” Easy to learn and fun to follow.

Akimi Watanabe will teach two line dances during each group break. so bring your dancing shoes and join the crowd.

Parking: All guests can use the free shuttle service from the Nishi Temple parking lot (at the corner of First Street and Vines) to the Terasaki Budokan from 4:00 p.m. After the dance, shuttle buses will take you back to Nishi Temple until midnight. The parking lot will be secure.

$1,000 table sponsors for sports fans (entry from 5 p.m.) will have a parking lot just below Terasaki Budokan. Packed lunches will be served at the tables. Please carpool as much as possible as spaces are limited.

Martial Artists $750 table sponsors (entry from 5 p.m.). Parking is provided with a free shuttle service from the Nishi Temple parking lot to and from the Terasaki Budokan. Carpooling is always encouraged whenever possible.

Individual ticket holders: Admission to dance after 7:00 p.m. with free shuttle service from Nishi Temple to and from Terasaki Budokan. Carpooling is encouraged whenever possible.

On the upper terrace, SOLT V (Straight Outta Little Tokyo 5) will be selling tickets, t-shirts and gifts for their fundraising event on October 15, Saturday at Terasaki Budokan.

Individual free seats for those arriving after 7 p.m. will be set up on the second-level terrace, where there will be booths and surprise vendors.

We will be selling used raffle tickets and paying guests will have a chance to win special door prizes.

The deadline to reserve your tables has been extended until Monday, September 5th. No tickets will be sold at the door.

COVID Protocols: We monitor city and health COVID mandates daily. To protect yourself and your guests, we strongly recommend that you wear masks.

In advance, thank you for your past support, and look forward to seeing you so we can all wish Steven Santiago good luck in his next adventure.

For more information:

Wayne Nagao, [email protected]

Nancy Hayata, [email protected]

Carol Tanita, [email protected]

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