Peace Pagoda

Monument in Japantown, Fillmore & Pacific Heights

When in 1968 San Francisco's sister city of Osaka, Japan, made a gift of Yoshio 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.