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|Nippon Budokan (日本武道館)|
|Location||2-3 Kitanomarukōen, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-8321, Japan|
|Opened||October 3, 1964|
|Owner||The Nippon Budokan Foundation (財団法人 日本武道館 Zaidan Hōjin Nippon Budōkan )|
|Construction cost||2 billion Japanese yen
(5.6 million USD in 1964)
|Main contractors||Takenaka Corporation|
|Field dimensions||Height: 42 m (140 ft)|
This is the location where many "Live at the Budokan" albums were recorded, including those of Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick and Ozzy Osborne. The Nippon Budokan, however, was originally built for the judo competition in the 1964 Summer Olympics, hence its name, rendered in English as Martial Arts Hall.
The Nippon Budokan is located in Kitanomaru Park in the center of Tokyo, two minutes' walking distance from Kudanshita Subway Station, and near Yasukuni Shrine. This 42 m (140 ft) high imposing octagonal structure holds 14,201 people (arena seats: 2,762, 1st floor seats: 3,199, 2nd floor seats: 7,760, standee: 480) and is modeled after Yumedono (Hall of Dreams) in Hōryū-ji in Nara.
Venue history 
Martial arts 
Though it still functions as a venue for big musical events, its primary purpose is for Japanese martial arts (indeed, the name literally means "Japan Martial Arts Hall"). The national championships of the different branches of the martial arts judo, kendo, karate, aikido, shorinji kempo, kyūdō, naginata, etc.) are held annually at the Budokan. For wrestling fans the Budokan means professional wrestling's big shows. Now, the Budokan is mostly used by Pro Wrestling Noah, who often hold major events there.
Kickboxing is also, in its heyday large events were held at the Nippon Budokan. On June 28, 1969 "Champion Carnival" Oriental, in the main event Tadashi Sawamura has his first successful defense of Oriental Light Welterweight title.
K-1 also has been held events at the Nippon Budokan the box office in 1994 and raising an army second time, using K-1 WORLD GP in the opening round in 2004. In K-1 WORLD MAX, which held the tournament finals to determine the first champion in 2002, up from 2007 to 2009 has been used as the main venue. Budokan is one of the venue has been positioned in the K-1 is also important for this purpose.
In mixed martial arts VALE TUDO JAPAN '95 and PRIDE.3 became the venue of the other, Pancrase had been used in pace of nearly once a year from 1994 to 2000. On April 25, 2010, Hidehiko Yoshida "entertainer retirement ASTRA were held. " Incidentally, Yoshida Judo also the last official game was played, which is the All Japan Judo Championship was held at the Nippon Budokan in 2002.
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The Beatles were the first rock group to perform here, in a series of shows in June/July 1966; their appearances were met with opposition from those who felt the appearance of a western pop group would defile the martial arts arena.
In July 1973 Japanese television recorded the Santana performance at Budokan.
However, the Budokan gained worldwide fame when American artists Santana, Cheap Trick and Bob Dylan used the arena to record their performances, Cheap Trick at Budokan (1978) and Bob Dylan at Budokan (1979), respectively. In explaining the popularity of the venue for live albums, Eric Clapton described the Tokyo audience as "almost overappreciative" in interviews promoting his own live Just One Night (1980), recorded at Budokan.
Artists to release live recordings from this venue include (NOTE: on 2013-05-12, it is not clear that ALL the following artists have released LIVE recordings from this venue; there appears to be considerable confusion as to the intention of the list; many of the following performers appear to have simply PLAYED at the Budokan):
(dated, in chronological order)
- Deep Purple; 1972; for the last of the three concerts making up their Made in Japan live album.
- Santana; 1973-07-06; Bootleg CD Eros (Private Master, PM034/35, n.d.) was recorded at the Budokan on this date.
- Bay City Rollers; 1977; Rollerworld, Live at the Budokan 1977, released as Rollerworld: Live at the Budokan 1977 in 2001.
- Ian Gillan Band; 1977–1978; Live at the Budokan (Vols. 1-2).
- Eric Clapton; December 1979; Just One Night.
- Sadao Watanabe; 1980; How's Everything.
- Yellow Magic Orchestra; 1980 + 1993; Live At Budokan 1980, recorded 1980, released 1993.
- Quincy Jones; 1981; Quincy Jones Live at the Budokan.
- Michael Schenker Group; 1982; One Night at Budokan.
- Journey; 1983; (Live at Budokan) Frontiers Tour (and, 2012, Eclipse Tour).
- Duran Duran; 1984; played at Budokan on Sing Blue Silver tour, see: Duran Duran Timeline, 1984.
- Frank Sinatra; 1985; Live at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo
- Stryper; 1989; In God We Trust Tour.
- Tin Machine; 1992; who recorded a portion of Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby, during the It's My Life Tour.
- Megadeth; 1992; tour of Japan cancelled by overdose by Dave Mustaine, see: Countdown to Extinction (1992–93).
- Yellow Magic Orchestra; 1980 + 1993; Live At Budokan 1980, recorded 1980, released 1993.
- Doobie Brothers; 1993; Live at Budokan.
- Yngwie Malmsteen; 1994; video Live at Budokan 94, VHS/DVD.
- Blur; 1995-6; recorded a live compilation CD, Live at the Budokan, here in 1995, at the height of Britpop; it was released in 1996.
- Mr. Big; 1997; recorded Live at Budokan in 1997 (and Back to Budokan in 2009).
- Faye Wong; 1999; "Budokan Live" (for further information see: Faye Wong#1999: Venturing into Japan).
- Bryan Adams; 2000; Live at the Budokan.
- Bay City Rollers; 2001; Rollerworld, Live at the Budokan 1977, released as Rollerworld: Live at the Budokan 1977 in 2001.
- Ozzy Osbourne; 2002; filmed CD/DVD combination Live at Budokan.
- Pearl Jam; 2003; recorded an official bootleg at Budokan during their Riot Act Tour (for further information see: Pearl Jam#Riot Act: 2002–2005).
- Linkin Park; 2003-10-24+25+27; played at Budokan on Australia and Asia Tour (see: setlist.fm > Artists > L > Linkin Park > October 24, 2003 Setlist).
- Duran Duran; July 11 + 12, 2003; played at Budokan, see: Tour archive 2003; shows recorded live, see: Duran Duran Timeline, 2003.
- Dir En Grey; 2004; documentary Tour 00 >> 01 Macabre (for further information see: DIR EN GREY#2000–932004: From Macabre to Vulgar).
- Dream Theater; 2004; 2DVD/3CD Live at Budokan.
- Hikaru Utada; July 28, 2004; video Utada Hikaru in Budokan 2004: Hikaru no 5.
- Judas Priest; 2005; DVD Rising in the East.
- Avril Lavigne; 2005; DVD Live at Budokan: Bonez Tour, Bonez Tour.
- Hikaru Utada; 2006; video Utada United 2006 (also).
- the GazettE; 2006; DVD Standing Live Tour 2006 [Nameless Liberty.Six Guns...] Tour Final at Nippon Budokan.
- TM Network; 2007;video TM Network -Remaster- at Nippon Budokan 2007.
- TVXQ; 2007; Tohoshinki 2nd Live Tour 2007: Five in the Black.
- Mr. Big; 2009; live CD/DVD Back to Budokan.
- Dir En Grey; 2009; live DVD Uroboros -With the Proof in the Name of Living...- At Nippon Budokan.
- An Cafe; January 4, 2010; played at Budokan.
- Backstreet Boys; February 18, 2010; recorded live DVD Backstreet Boys: This Is Us Japan Tour 2010 on the This Is Us Tour.
- ONE OK ROCK; 2010; live DVD This Is My Budokan?! (see 'other').
- Taylor Swift; 2011–12; Speak Now World Tour.
- Morning Musume; 2011; Ai Takahashi's graduation concert "Ai Believe ~Takahashi Ai Graduation Memory Special~.
- Katy Perry; 2011; performed at the Budokan during her California Dreams Tour (NOTE: on 2013-05-12 this claim is not confirmed by the data on the tour page).
- Journey; 2012; (Live at Budokan) Eclipse Tour.
- T-ara; 2012; T-ARA JAPAN TOUR 2012～Jewelry box～.
- U-KISS; 2012; live DVD U-KISS Live In Budokan.
- Morning Musume; 2012; Risa Niigaki and Aika Mitsui's graduation concert Ultra Smart.
- Morning Musume; 2013; Reina Tanaka's graduation concert Michishigue ELEVEN☆SOUL.
- Shoji Meguro; 2013; Persona Music FES 2013 (FES appears to refer to the word Festival; see).
(undated, in alphabetical order)
- Justin Bieber (NOTE: an internet search on 2013-05-11 failed to find any confirmation of the veracity of this entry).
American crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death released a live album titled Live at Budokan (1992), though the title was in jest and the album was recorded at famed New York City venue The Ritz.
The original Beatles concert is heavily bootlegged on audio and video; the first night's concert video was officially released by Apple in Japan only as Beatles Concert at Budokan 1966, and excerpts are shown in The Beatles Anthology, while the second Anthology album included the first show's performances of "Rock and Roll Music" and "She's A Woman". The venue is one of the stages in The Beatles: Rock Band video game. Chatmonchy currently holds the record for the largest crowd at Budokan.
Other events 
A national ceremony to mourn the people who died during the Second World War is held with the attendance of the Prime Minister, the Emperor and the Empress annually in Budokan on August 15, the day of Japan's surrender.
As well as holding the Live Concert in appreciation of the Popular Anime series Lucky Star:Live in Budokan (Anata No Tame Dakara)
A concert was held in honor of Studio Ghibli's 25th anniversary at the Budokan, hosted by Joe Hisaishi. It included repertoire from most of the films Hisaishi composed for Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli filmography.
Diana Ross performed and taped her "Here and Now" television special in 1991 to a sold out audience.
The Japan Record Awards took place in the arena from 1985 to 1993 where all of the artists from around the country receive these awards.
Muhammad Ali won a unanimous decision over Mac Foster in their 1972 heavyweight boxing match.
Professional wrestler and legend in Japan Kenta Kobashi wrestled his final match in Budokan on May 11, 2013. Kobashi is synonymous with the arena along with fellow wrestlers Toshiaki Kawada and the late Mitsuharu Misawa.
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- Nippon Budokan official website (Japanese)
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- 1964 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 128–30.
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