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Published: Sunday, July 13 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Bountiful, UT

The picture shows a Samurai sword. It would be nice if this article would state where that sword came from. Was it left by the Japanese when they visited Utah? Is it just a random picture?

Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

Really neat history! I'm something of a Japanophile, and I never knew about this.

Salt Lake City, UT

The samurai sword is just a random photo from shutterstock. It says that in the caption of the photo.

Sandy, UT

Great article although I think the conclusion isn't really necessary. What this article leaves out (and I know you have limited space) is just 30 years later, Japan and Russia went to war over Manchuria and the Korean peninsula in what is considered the first major war of the century. Japan won the war unexpectedly (at the outset) but decisively despite just being decades into its modernization efforts and not a traditional Western power. Unfortunately it may have been precursor to what ultimately led to the mother of all wars, WWII. Good story though.

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