January 1, 2010

1. Adventures in Japan - Don't miss the photos!
2. Bang 4 The Buck women's party returns to Seattle!
3. January classes/events (LA, Oakland, San Rafael, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Seattle)
4. Preview February (SF, London, Providence, Boston, Halifax, New York)
5. Next Forte Femme. March 19 - 21, 2010 San Francisco
6. On-line Haunts: Twitter, FetLife, Yahoo, FaceBook, etc.

1. ADVENTURES IN JAPAN - Year of the Tiger

Happy New Year!

In the Chinese zodiac 2010 is the year of the metal Tiger. May the tiger protect you and your loved ones and bring strong prosperity and security to all of us!

Several decades after choosing to leave my birth nation, Japan, I am returning to create a new relationship with my father country and culture. It's a fantastic luxury to choose one's journey and return to one's village free of provincial expectations but willingly yoked with responsibilities to a bigger world.

At this point Japan doesn't seem quite ready for the sexuality workshops now common in my usual haunts. I have a feeling that when the sex positive movement actually hits Japan it'll have it's own unique interpretations, for better and for worse.

In the mean time, I will be returning frequently, not to teach, but to explore the sexual sub-cultures and sexual attitudes of 21st Century Japan. After all, who doesn't want to know how other cultures "do it"? I also want to counter so much Orientalist misinformation that's out there about erotic expression in Japan. The way some people go on about it, you'd think the country was still stuck in some parallel universe envisioned by James Clavell in "Shogun." What better way to report on the realities than to personally slum around the sexy underbelly of Japan?

I'll be reporting regularly on my adventures in various places. I'll make sure to Tweet and update FaceBook updates as they come out. Currently you'll find the photo-filled report from the annual Japan Fetish Ball in my new column, Mondo Midori, in the online magazine Carnal Nation

The next column for Mondo Midori, appearing in a week or so, will be on the various types of Sex Toy Shops of Tokyo. Don't miss the photos of weird sex toys!

I really hope you'll enjoy them. I'd be delighted to hear back from you on these columns with comments, questions and ideas. I'd hate to feel like I'm writing to a big void.

Stay tuned, because I'll be bringing back unusual toys, comic books and other naughty goodies for show & tell. I'll likely post them in my blogs on www.FHP-inc.com or Live Journal. Some of the items may even go up for sale as a fundraiser for my upcoming AIDS LifeCycle journey. (I would love folks to support me on this 7-day event)

Wishing you peace and pleasure in the New Year!.

Midori

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2. BANG 4 THE BUCK WOMEN'S PARTY RETURNS TO SEATTLE!

What: A night of debauchery and glorious fun for a good cause! All profit goes to AIDS LifeCycle and Center for Sex Positive Culture

URL: www.Bang4thebuck.org
When: Saturday, January 30, 2010. 6 pm - 2 am
Where: CSPC/The Wet Spot, 1602 - 15th Ave W., Seattle WA

$25 Big Bang Ticket, $20 Strip-o-Rama only,

New! VIP Advanced Tickets & Bank of Bang's Bang Bucks

BANG BUCKS:
Turn your dancer tipping and raffle ticket buying into a tax deduction! You've got 2 ways
1. Before the party, donate directly to AIDS LifeCycle fundraising page by Midori & Kelly. www.tofighthiv.org/goto/teamursa and put BANG BUCKS in the message.
Your Bang Bucks will be waiting for you at the party with the Bank of Bang. Your wholesome looking tax deduction will be mailed to you from AIDS LifeCycle.
2. Buy Bang Bucks at the party. Buy $50 bundles of Bang Bucks at the Bank of Bang, donated directly into AIDS LifeCycle and score your tax deduction, good karma and tipping money.

VIP ADVANCED TICKETS
Skip the line, get the best seats and win more stuff!
Limited VIP access tickets available on-line only.
- Big Bang all night ticket
- Preferred entrance
- Special reserve Strip-o-Rama seating
- 10 free raffle tickets

3. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS JANUARY: (LA, Oakland, San Rafael, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Seattle)

OAKLAND, CA
• Sun 1/10/10 "Art of Feminine Dominance, Level 1" at the Looking Glass. RSVP mail@thelookingglassarts.com

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• Wed 1/13/10 "Art of Feminine Dominance, Level 1" at Pure Pleasure Boutique

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• 1/16 to 1/17/10 "Rope Bondage Dojo® Stage 1" pre-registration required RopeDojo.com.
• Wed 1/28/10 "Erotic Humiliation Play" at The Citadel. 1277 Mission Street. Doors open at 7:30pm

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• Wed 1/20/10 "Art of Feminine Dominance, Level 1" at Pleasures of the Heart.

LOS ANGELES
JUST ADDED! 3 classes at the Pleasure Chest
• Mon 1/11/10 "Blow His Mind: Free & Easy Technique Clinic" FREE!
• Tue 1/12/10 "Hands-on Rope Bondage"
• Wed 1/24/10 How to Pleasure a Woman

Three workshops at Coco De Mer
Pre-registration highly encouraged.
Address: 8618 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Telephone: 310 652 0311
• Mon 1/25/10 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"
• Tue 1/26/10 "Bedroom Burlesque and Seduction for Beginners: Wiggle, Jiggle, Take It Off with Confidence!"
• Wed 1/27/10 "Art of Feminine Dominance, Level 1"

SEATTLE
• Fri 1/29/10 "Intimate Evening with Midori" Enjoy uncensored reports on the sexual underground Japan, and, of course, Sushi. A special event. Contact BondageLessons.com for more info.
• Sat 1/30/10 "Bang 4 The Buck Women's Party!" www.Bang4TheBuck.org
• Sun 1/31/10 "Art of Feminine Dominance, Level 1" at Babeland Tel. 206.328.2914.

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4. PREVIEW: FEBRUARY CLASSES / EVENTS (San Francisco, London, Providence, Boston, Halifax, New York)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• Tue 2/2 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at Good Vibrations Polk Street.

LONDON
Series of workshops at Coco De Mer
• Thr 2/4 "JoyStick Secrets - How to Pleasure a Man"
• Mon 2/8 "JoyStick Secrets - How to Pleasure a Man"
• Tue 2/9 "Introduction to the World of Bondage & Light SM"
• Wed 2/10 "The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage"
• Thr 2/11 "Tricks to Please a Woman"

PROVIDENCE, RI
• 2/12 - 2/14 Presenting a series of classes for the Fetish Fair Fleamarket, organized by the New England Leather Alliance.

BOSTON, MA
• Mon 2/15 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at Good Vibrations Brookline store.

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
Series of classes for Venus Envy.
• Feb 17 "Arual Sex"
• Feb 18 "Art of Feminine Dominance"
• Feb 19 "Wrapped for Pleasure: Scarf Bondage for Sex"

NEW YORK
Series of classes at the new Coco De Mer store!
236 Elizabeth St (btwn E. Houston and Prince), New York, NY 10012
Tel 212-966-9069
Read more: www.urbandaddy.com
Salon tickets: call or book on line · Mon 2/22 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"

• Tue 2/23 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"
• Wed 2/24 "Hands-on Japanese Rope Bondage"

DALLAS
Feb 26 - 28 Presenting series of classes at South Plains Leatherfest http://www.southplainsleatherfest.com/



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5. NEXT FORTE FEMME WOMEN'S WEEKEND

A little heads-up... I know many of you like to plan ahead.
Forte Femme, Women's Weekend Intensive on Sensual Dominance returns to San Francisco! This immersion weekend is limited to 10 women.

SAN FRANCISCO Forte Femme:
When: Fri 3/19 through Sun 3/21/2010
Where: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Cost: $650/per person.
Register: Advanced registration required.

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6. DIGITAL GHETTOS I LURK ABOUT IN

Here are the various places I waste time at when I'm on-line... Drop on by!
You'll find me on Twitter as @PlanetMidori
Personal Blog
Kink Q&A
Sexuality Q&A
Facebook as "Midori ReallyMidori"
Facebook "MySpace"
(I just joined Second Life as "Midori Starship", but I've been too busy to drop in there.)

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Midori