reflection of my Vision. I felt as if I was waking from a dream;there was the softest morning dew that had settled in glisteningpebbles on the white of my arms; and a haze that had gatheredaround the Shrine, protecting it from the Mongols. I knew thenthat I was awakened to something greater. When my father cameto collect me, he spoke to his sister (for, the Shrine was protectedby a female member of the Imperial Family, honoring the will of Amaterasu ōmikami) and lamenting, he left me there. From thatday forward, I was honed as a sister of the Akashic Record.At that time, we were half way into the Kamajura period (whichspanned between 1185 and 1333); our Japanese “medieval”era...a time in which the emperor, the court, and the traditionalcentral government were left intact, but were largely relegated toceremonial functions. Civil, military and judicial matters werecontrolled by the bushi shogun, Hironotaka Niakon (a positionthat eventually, my eldest brother claimed), who owed a greatdeal to my father. Buddhism had been planted centuries earlier,but in these dark times a popularization for salvation spanned thecountry, with two new sects springing up. The Jodo-shu ( PureLand Buddhism) and Zen (meditation) became the response tothe outreach by the people; hoping for eternal peace. Olderforms, such as the Heian Buddhism that we practiced,had beenquite esoteric and appealed more to the intellectuals than to themasses; Jodo-shu and Zen offered the People an alternative. Mytraining was a mixture of the Heian beliefs and Zen Buddhism.I was lucky enough to call father the Great Emperor Kameyama-tennō; who was a just and wise ruler. Of his children, I dared tocall him Tsunehito, as I was borne to. After my training, I rejoinedmy family at the Imperial Palace; turning down the position of High Priestess of the Ise Shrine…something I am sure that someof my ancestors never will forgive me for. I needed to be close tomy family, and not remotely drawn to a corner of the misty world:I had a position and a destiny to fulfill and I was not going to bekept from it. The Mongols attacked once more, and this time, Iwas not to be pushed out of the way. In honoring my family, Ifought with my brother and defended against the finalHowever, the Bakufu was a jealous man who sought to gainpower and did not cease his mistrust of the Emperor until theeventual abdication of the Imperial throne to a former Emperor’sof age son. This left my father to our family until the death of mymother, Empress Saionji, when father joined the Zen Buddhistpriesthood. My oldest brother, Prince Hisa’aki, became Shōgunstrengthening the position of the Jimyōin-tō and our family.