Drew Clark: Samurai visiting Salt Lake in 1872 launched interactions between Japanese and Mormons

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  • liberate Sandy, UT
    July 28, 2014 1:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Stenar Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2014 4:29 p.m.

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

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    July 13, 2014 5:43 p.m.

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

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 13, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    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?