Karate, Love & Basketball: Team Panasonic Gives Big Screens to Little Tokyo’s Terasaki Budokan

More big news for Terasaki Budokan (Little Tokyo Service Center) as Panasonic, a leading global technology company, together with Sakura Kokumai, the first U.S. Olympic karate qualifier, announce they are teaming up to donate Panasonic’s high-brightness projector and two professional displays.

Located in one of the oldest districts in Downtown, Little Tokyo Service Center, a 40 year old organization, recently helped open the Terasaki Budokan facility for youth, families and seniors to offers sports, community activities, and opportunities to connect visitors to Japanese American culture and a vibrant, sustainable Little Tokyo.

(PRNewsfoto/Panasonic Corporation of North America)

Kokumai is a member of Team Panasonic, which is made up of a diverse group of world-renowned athletes and Panasonic’s 260,000 plus employees worldwide.

“Growing up, my first introduction to karate was at a local recreation center so I know the value of having somewhere to go in the community to be active, especially for youth,” said Sakura Kokumai. “I am honored to collaborate with Panasonic to give back to Terasaki Budokan, a cultural symbol for the Japanese American community that will give kids a place to exercise their bodies and minds, bring together families and inspire future generations.”

“Sakura shares our passion and commitment to societal progress and creating a better life, a better world – empowering communities to move forward by providing them the innovation, tools and technology they need to succeed,” said Lauren Sallata, Chief Marketing Officer, Panasonic Corporation of North America. “Panasonic has long invested in institutions that drive equity and advance the education and development of youth. We could not be more proud to partner with Sakura and support Terasaki Budokan, a unique space that reflects our traditional values and creates opportunities for all.”

Terasaki Budokan features an indoor gymnasium with two basketball courts, four volleyball courts, a martial arts practice space, an outdoor plaza, and a community room for multipurpose activities like classes and workshops. 

“I’m very thankful to Sakura Kokumai and Panasonic for their generous donations to Terasaki Budokan. This technology enhances the experience for those enjoying sports and events at our facility. I can’t wait to show off the donations at our grand opening when we can safely gather. We’ll be watching and cheering on Sakura at the Tokyo Olympic Games” said Ryan Lee, Director of Terasaki Budokan.

Author: Keri Freeman

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