Native name
BornKyoto, Japan
OccupationAuthor, Educator, Artist, Speaker, and Coach
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
SubjectPsychology of Sexuality, Japanese rope bondage, BDSM, Relationships

Midori (美登里) is a sexologist, educator, author, artist, speaker, and coach.[1][2] Midori wrote the first English language book with instruction on Japanese rope bondage[3] and continues to write on alternative sexual practices, including BDSM and sexual fetishism, bondage, erotic fiction, and more.[2][4] She teaches classes, presents at conferences, coaches individuals and professionals, and facilitates in-depth weekend intensives. She is based in San Francisco, California.[5][6]


Midori was born in Kyoto, Japan, of Japanese and German parents. She grew up in Tokyo and moved to the United States at age 14.[7] Midori studied psychology at University of California, Berkeley.[7] She served as a United States Army Reserve Intelligence officer while earning a degree.[8]


Early in her career she also worked as a condom manufacturer's sales representative.[7] She spent a few years as a sex educator with San Francisco Sex Information.[7][9] After serving in the military, she began her art career performing in queer nightclubs, collaborating with other "weirdo" transgressive and experimental artists.[8]

Midori teaches internationally on BDSM, alternative sexuality, feminine dominance, Shibari / Japanese bondage, and kink.[10][11][12][13] She has spoken at conferences, universities, and organizations promoting sexual health, wellness, and education.

In 2021, she worked with the Sexual Health Alliance to create the year-long Kink Informed Certification (KIC) Program which offers training to therapists, educators, coaches, or consultants who works with individuals engaging in kink, BDSM, and alternative sexuality.[14]

She is known for her in-depth weekend intensives, ForteFemme: Women's Dominance Intensive and Rope Dojo: Rope Bondage Weekend Intensive where she uses her "head-heart-hands" method to create a space where people are allowed individual self-exploration.[15] Her work focuses on helping people to create authentic and intimate relationships while emphasizing self-actualization, shame reduction, acceptance, and justice.


Midori is a multidisciplinary, social practice artist.[16] She creates installations, performances, group exhibitions & social practice projects that examine human narratives, cultural experiences of queerness and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage, and ephemeral nature of memory and place.[17] She has presented lectures at several universities and is a resident artist at the San Francisco Battery.[18]

Midori's work has been shown at San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Leslie Lohman Museum, SOMArts, Ithaca College, Das Arts Amsterdam, Gorilla Gallery Oaxaca, Root Division, among others.[8]

She offers creative coaching and consulting through the Intersection for the Arts, a Bay Area arts nonprofit that’s dedicated to helping artists grow.[19]




  1. ^ "Midori - Sexologist + Educator". Fire Horse Productions, Inc. - Midori. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  2. ^ a b Zinko, Carolyne (2015-02-13). "'Shades of Grey's' kink scenes whipping up a frenzy? Not in S.F." SFGATE. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  3. ^ "Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage & Shibari". Spectrum Journal. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  4. ^ Cara Mason (1 November 2012). "Coco der Mer Launch Lessons In Love Salons". Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  5. ^ Garofoli, Joe (2002-08-04). "Of Human Bondage / The SM scene's budding popularity among heterosexual couples is causing aging dominatrices to go where many retirees have gone before them: into the classroom". SFGATE. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  6. ^ Levine, Katie (October 2, 2013). "Sex Nerd Sandra #112: Rope Bondage with Midori". Nerdist. Retrieved 2021-07-15.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ a b c d Zinko, Carolyne (2008-02-10). "Midori explains how to have sex, with props". SFGATE. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  8. ^ a b c "Artist Bio – Midori". Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  9. ^ "Midori - Workshop Facilitator Midori at Come As You Are". Comeasyouare.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-21. Retrieved 2014-12-21.
  10. ^ "The Many Sides of International Sex Educator Midori". Rebellious Magazine. 2017-06-04. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  11. ^ "Hands On Japanese Rope Bondage Workshop With Midori". Time Out Toronto. Retrieved 2021-07-15.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Rope: Control & Dominance Moves with Midori (2019-04-09)". Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  13. ^ "Editors' Picks: 14 Things to See in New York This Week". Artnet News. 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
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  15. ^ "About Midori". Fire Horse Productions. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  16. ^ "Midori – Art, Performance & Installations". Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  17. ^ "Past / Present / Future – Midori". Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  18. ^ "The Battery". www.thebatterysf.com. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  19. ^ "Coaches & Consultants". Intersection for the Arts. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  20. ^ Rhodes, Dave. "Pantheon of Leather Awards All Time Recipients". The Leather Journal. Retrieved 2021-07-15.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary". San Francisco Bay Times. 2019-04-18. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  22. ^ Staff, SF Weekly (2013-05-29). "Best Sex Educators". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  23. ^ "Erobay - Society of Janus". www.erobay.com. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  24. ^ "Awards". AASECT Annual Conference. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  25. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage|Paperback". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  26. ^ Midori (2005-07-15). Wild Side Sex: Educational, Sensual, and Entertaining Essays. Daedalus Publishing. ISBN 978-1-881943-22-8.
  27. ^ OpenLibrary.org. "The toybag guide to foot and shoe worship (2004 edition) | Open Library". Open Library. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  28. ^ "Master Han's Daughter by Midori | Circlet Press". Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  29. ^ "Silk Threads - Three Tales of Passionate Japan | Riverdale Avenue Books - premier publisher of pop, mystery, dagger, lgbt, magnus, queer, desire, erotic, truth, sff, horror, afraid, science fiction, fantasy sports,, gaming, verve, lifestyle, and romance ebooks, short stories, novellas and novels". riverdaleavebooks.com. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  30. ^ "An Intersectional Approach to Sex Therapy: Centering the Lives of Indigenous, Racialized, and People of Color". Routledge & CRC Press. Retrieved 2022-05-03.