Tokyo 2020: Musical heritage plays on in Budokan judo arena

Where Dylan recorded one of his best live albums – if these walls could talk...

Bob Dylan live at the Budokan in 1978. Photograph: Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty

Bob Dylan live at the Budokan in 1978. Photograph: Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty

To carry us from our hotel to the main press centre there is a bus, which stops and starts from two blocks around the corner, that takes about 35 minutes. From there, we are carried on another bus, which takes about nine minutes, and then we stand – not so patiently – in line for any which bus we choose to take us to the Olympic venues.

How many are there? I don’t know. After midday on Tuesday I take a bus to the Budokan, the venue for the men’s and women’s judo competitions, and it stops four or five blocks around the corner from the venue, around which all the streets are closed to the public, so I walk the rest of the way, which suits me fine.

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