Nippon Budokan


Northern circle Park 2-3
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This arena in central Tokyo was originally built for the judo competition of the 1964 Summer Olympics. Partially funded by the then Emperor, the Nippon Budokan, or "Martial Arts Hall of Japan", serves as the central hub for the promotion of all things Budo, or modern Japanese martial arts disciplines, such as judo, kendo, sumo, aikido, and karate, among others. For many Westerners, the Budokan is better known as a large-scale rock concert venue. The Beatles were the first rock band to perform at the venue, on​ a sold-out tour. Many famous bands and artists such as Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, The Carpenters, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Ozzy Osbourne, Blur and Mariah Carey have released "Live at the Budokan" albums from such performances.