Tokyo Will Always Be Home
Tokyo is an ever-evolving city: rooted in tradition, propelled by innovation and defined by those who call it home. Among its most notable residents is world-class judoka Mashu Baker, who grew up on the east side of the city and learned judo at the iconic Kōdōkan Institute before going on to win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. In this dynamic love letter to his hometown, Mashu reflects on his sensory connections to Tokyo, from childhood adventures in Kanda, to excursions on the Tokyo Bay where he has uncovered new passions, to festive nights out overlooking the Sumida River. Mashu is defined by his time in Tokyo, and no matter how far his talents take him… Tokyo will always have his heart, and will always be his home.
(affiliated with JRA)
Born in 1994 in Chiyoda, Tokyo.
He started judo at the age of six at a club based in Kodokan, and emerged from high school as a winner at the Inter-High School Championships. He has made a brilliant achievement in international competitions, including the World Championships and the Judo Grand Slam, and won the gold medal in the men’s 90kg category at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
He continues to devote himself to competition as one of the Japan’s leading judoka.