April 1, 2010

Table Of Contents
1. Adventures in Japan
2. April Classes/Events (Humboldt, Berkeley, NYC, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Rafael, LA)
3. About the July Rope Bondage Dojo (Last one for 2010)
4. May Preview (Toronto, Milton, London, Chicago, San Francisco)
5. On-line Haunts: Twitter, Yahoo, FaceBook, etc


I apologize for this belated newsletter. I just returned from Japan where I had little net access and writing time, so I'm behind on all my writings and correspondences.

While this trip's purpose was to catch the last few performances at the old Kabuki-za Theater, before it's total overhaul, I also snuck in several adventures in the sexual underbelly of Tokyo. "Research" for my Pink Japan presentation continues!

The jaunts included a tour of Nichome, the tiny but densely packed gay entertainment quarter, guided by a lesbian comic artist friend of mine. We stopped by an HIV outreach and sexual minority community center, then ended up in a those-in-the-know-only women's bar specializing in oden (country stew).
Another friend of mine scored a rare invitation for us to attend a private rope enthusiasts' salon hidden in a non-descript apartment building. Then I had the pleasure to teach the first ever sexuality workshop at the women's erotica boutique, Love Piece Club.

For reports on my Japan trips, complete with expose, opinions, cultural explanations, photos and dirty details, go to my ongoing Mondo Midori column at CarnalNation.com, as well as the new and upcoming column at EdenFantasys.

I'll continue post more reports in these places.

The sexual underground of Japan is fascinating and yet labyrinthine. It seems mysterious and alluring. The exotica are usually hidden behind closed doors and commercial institutions, making it challenging even for a native speakers and locals to gain access to the venues. Considering that, it's nearly impossible for foreigners to gain entry using more conventional search methods. No wonder the erotic Japan is so romanticized!

For all the exoticization and fetishizing of Japanese sexuality, most Europeans and North Americans likely don't realize how fortunate they are when it comes to access to sexuality information and social connections. Sexuality education classes, erotic skills workshops, sexual minority social groups, "munches", social clubs, conventions, political activism, liberation movements, legal rights consciousness and perception of sexuality as integral part of the fully actualized individual - these are all concepts still foreign in Japan.

So the next time you attend a bedroom skills class, casually chat about your erotic palate, or attend an alternative sexuality social group, take a moment to reflect on how exotic, wondrous and historically marvelous your life and options are. It really is amazing!

Wishing you peace and pleasure.


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2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS APRIL: (Humboldt, Berkeley, NYC, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Rafael, LA)

• Sat 4/3 "Zealand" keynote presentation for Humboldt State University health services' cool program.

• Mon 4/5 "The Sensuous Whip: Hands-on Flogging Workshop" at Good Vibrations store. 2504 San Pablo Avenue (at Dwight Way), Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 841-8987

Coco De Mer series
Series of classes at the new Coco De Mer store!
236 Elizabeth St (between E. Houston and Prince), New York, NY 10012
Tel 212-966-9069
Salon tickets: call or book on line
• Tue 4/6 "Hands-on Rope Bondage"
• Mon 4/12 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"
• Tue 4/13 "Tricks to Please a Woman"
• Mon 4/14 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"

Pleasure Chest classes
Two classes at the Pleasure Chest. 156 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014
• Mon 4/19 "Backdoor Antics: All About Analn"
• Tue 4/20 "Rosy Cheeks: Spankings and more"

Rope Bondage Dojo®
• 4/10 - 4/11 Pre-registration required. www.RopeDojo.com

Lesbian Sex Mafia. http://lesbiansexmafia.com/
• Thr 4/8 "Ultimate Dildo Harness & Other Cool Pervertables quickie tips"

• Wed 4/21 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at Babeland. 462 Bergen St. Brooklyn NY 11217. Tel: 718.638.3820

• Sun 4/18 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at Sugar Shop. 927 W. 36th St, Hampden, Baltimore MD. Tel: 410.467.2632

• Thr 4/22 "Joy Stick Secrets - How to Please Your Man" at Pure Pleasure boutique. 204 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Tel: 831.466.9870 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm $25 advance/$30 walk-in

• Sat 4/24 "Mapping Your D/s Archetype" at Edges play space. Email events@edges.biz for location and details!

• Tue 4/27 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Pleasure of the Heart. 1310 Fourth St. San Rafael. Tel. 415.482.9899

Coco De Mer
8618 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Tel: +1 310 652 0311
• Wed 4/28 Topic to be announced
• Thr 4/29 Topic to be announced

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The next Rope Bondage Doj® weekend intensive will be in San Francisco over the July 10th to 11th weekend. This will be the last 2010 Rope Bondage Dojo. The next one will be January 15-16, 2011 in San Francisco

Online registration opens Tuesday, June 1st, 8am Pacific Time.

Site: www.RopeDojo.com

Space Limited: 30 students

Cost: $350 /singles, $650/pair

Prerequisite: Willingness for serious learning. Must be able to tie your shoelaces. No experience necessary. However, those with experience will be appropriately challenged.

Includes: 16+ hours of intensive training from four Dojo Cadres. Emphasis will be on balanced education focusing on "Heart-Mind-Hand" approach, covering rope skills, scene managements, psychology, history and more for both those who tie and those who are tied. Included: Saturday night play party, lunches, afternoon snacks & other goodies.

For more information see the curriculum and FAQ at www.RopeDojo.com

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4. PREVIEW: MAY CLASSES / EVENTS (Toronto, Milton, London, Chicago)

Classes, sign up early Come As You Are · Tue 5/4 "Hands-on Rope Bondage"

• Wed 5/5 "How to Eat a Peach: The Art of Cunnilinguse"

• Thr 5/6 "Art of Feminine Dominance" at Northbound Leather"
• Tue 4/13 "Bedroom Body Moves: From Stripping to Seduction to Sex (and everything in between)" at Lounge M4
• Mon 4/14 "Wrapped for Pleasure: Easy Bondage for Steamy Sex" at Lounge M4

• Sat 5/8 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Aradia Fitness.

Classes at Coco De Mer. Pre-registration highly encouraged!

• Wed 5/12 "Tricks to Please a Man"
• Thr 5/13 "Tricks to Please a Womane"

Fri 5/14 "Tricks to Please a Man"
• Mon 5/17 "Tricks to Please a Man"
• Tue 5/18 "Rosy Cheeks - Beginner's Guide to Spanking"
• Wed 5/19 "Seductive Art of Japanese Rope Bondage"
• Thr 5/20 "Part 2 - Tricks to Please a Man. Male Erogenous Zones Beyond the Genitals"

Classes for Wild Wild Women
• Wed 5/12 "Topic to be announced"
• Thr 5/13 "Topic to be announced"


Pleasure Chest classes. Sign up early. Call directly to 773.525.7151
3436 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
• Mon 5/24 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"
• Tues 5/25 "Bedroom Body Moves: From Stripping to Seduction to Sex (and everything in between)"
• Wed 5/26 "Rosy Cheeks - Beginner's Guide to Spanking"

• "Pink Japan "
• "Rope Dance "
• "Beyond Twisted "
• "Flow & Speed Drills"

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