Smashwords edition, copyright 2012
Copyright © Dov Silverman 1988, 2012
British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data
Silverman, Dov The black dragon.
I. Title 823[F] PR9510.9.S5/
Print ISBN 0-246-13179-9
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In the search for myself,
I looked to the heavens,
But I found her at my side.
To my wife, Janet, with all my love, Bobby
For Support and Encouragement Along the Way
Malka Rabinowitz Sylvia and Mel Springer Dr Shayne and Jack Birns Elsa and David Epstein
In Heaven, after the Dragon Islands were formed, eighty deities met on the banks of the Tranquil River. They delegated Ninigi-no- Mikoto, grandson of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu-o-mi-Kami, to the island of Kyushu.
Ninigi-no-Mikoto went to Kyushu bearing three treasures - a jewel, a sword and a mirror. With these symbols of divine authority, he established the imperial line that will forever guide Japan.