Just outside the west entrance to Luce Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy sits a stately 13-tiered stone pagoda. Though it is relatively unadorned by the standards of many monuments, if one looks closely, on its base one may find this (English) inscription:
An Ambassador's Naval Academy Pagoda
Who was Ambassador Saitō, and why does a monument on his behalf stand today at the Naval Academy?
By Jon Hoppe