Peace Pagoda

Lonely Planet review

When in 1968 San Francisco's sister city of Osaka, Japan, made a gift of Yoshiro Taniguchi's five-tiered concrete stupa, the city seemed stupefied about what to do with the minimalist monument, clustering boxed shrubs around its stark nakedness. But with well-placed cherry trees and low, hewn-rock benches in the plaza, the pagoda is finally in its element, au naturel.