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CZT Family Tree - Midori Okasako

CZT Family Tree - Midori Okasako

CZT Family Tree
We always say that the Zentangle Method attracts really awesome people. We have had the pleasure of working with wonderful Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT) all over the world and we are excited to share these wonderful people with the entire Zentangle Community. Through our series, CZT Family Tree, we will introduce individual CZTs.

Today, we are excited to introduce Midori Okasako!



Name: Midori Okasako                                                    CZT#: 21

Hometown: current home, a forest in Florida (I am a transplant from 13-14th century capital of Japan)

Favorite tangle:  Mooka…and many more

Favorite place to tangle: 2 places… 1). At a green table, looking out into the forest/pond. (my late mother created her art at this green table.)  2). Wherever I have an opportunity to tangle with Zentangle® enthusiasts or with newbies.



How I use the Zentangle Method in my life: “…one stroke at a time” has become a gentle perpetual reminder for me…to ‘slow down’…to focus on a task singly…to allow my attention to rest in the moment with no outguessing nor expectations.


My favorite story or memory about teaching the Zentangle Method is: Every occasion to practice/share the benefits of Zentangle is special.  One wondrous moment…on a spring day veiled with cherry blossoms, Zentangle led me back to my alma mater* to introduce this fun, global art form to parents and faculty.  My gratitude goes to respective personnel for their patience/generosity, for successfully coordinating a memorable gathering.  (*I spent 12 notable years of international schooling in japan.)



Through my experiences as a CZT, I have learned:  Enjoying Zentangle as a group has made me keenly aware/appreciative that we, as ‘BREATHING’ individuals, are all connected.  I am constantly humbled/inspired by unique, expressive variations created with graceful elemental strokes using simple, familiar tools.  When individual tile expressions are manifested collectively into a dramatic mosaic, I often sense a resonating pulse/aura of genuine unity…and a sigh of ‘ahh.’


If I’m not tangling, you will find me…: …taking walks in our forest with baby grandma Maco (my canine companion) and capturing fleeting moments ‘i see’ with my iphone.

Mosaic Name: midoriczt

Website/Blog: instagram: @midori.pausetoadmire



  • Midori – I Love your Love for the community of Zentangle, the sharing, the teaching, etc. You honor your mother so beautifully at the green table and Bijou looks on from the window seal. Yours is a beautiful story of a walk in the woods. 🐌🙏🏽😍

    Miriam HIPster on

  • I read a nice article and I was impressed. And I also want to take Midori’s lesson again.

    Emiko Adachi CZT31 on

  • love reading about you, i used to live in in n.c. up on conely mountain. and love it. would love to take a class with you,sometime

    geri austin on

  • Aloha Midori! So sweet your story… mahalo for sharing your talent on Mosaic & Instagram. Your artwork is always refreshing & inspiring. Thank you for keeping in touch. CZT21… rocks! Much aloha ~Lydia

    Lydia Meneses on

  • Midori, I’m so blessed to be able to be called your friend. What a wonderful feature was this! You are a blessing to all you come in contact with…at least in Mosaic, Facebook and I’m sure in person!

    @KatCZT in Mosaic

    Kat van Rooyen CZT20 on

  • It has been an honor to get to know you first through the Mosaic app and then at Kripalu. I am constantly inspired by your art and photography. You have a style I can immediately recognize and you truly resonate peace. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Jody Genovese on

  • What a gracious and delightful teacher. She is always prepared with unique challenges.

    Lynda Hartnig on

  • Dear Midori, what a joy to see you and your incredible art highlighted here on the ZT blog! It has been amazing to see how you express yourself through Zentangle and share it generously! cindybCZT14 (on mosaic ;-)

    Cindy Bowles on

  • Midori is such a gifted teacher and her talents as a Zentsnglist is out of this world. We learn so much from her and have gained a friend. I look forward to being in her classes and encourage others to join this journey with her.

    Anita Olivier on

  • Midori is as gifted and generous a Zentangle teacher as she is talented and inspiring artist. When you enter her class, one truly enters a special space where all is possible. Glad to be a dweller in the same area of the Forest!

    Margaret Clark on

  • I feel so fortunate to have Midori guiding me through Zentangle the past several years. She is a generous, gracious lady. And lots of fun too!

    Emoryette McDonald on

  • Midori’s talents to express her thoughts and feeling is as amazing as her finished tiles. I enjoy Midori’s composition and gentle lines. Hope to tangle together soon.

    Yuko Jordan CZT23 on

  • Such a beautifully expressed description of your Zentangle life, Midori. 💕

    Joanna Quincey on

  • I am one of Midori’s Zentangle students and I always look forward to her gentle instruction! Her Zentangles are exquisite and she is such an inspiration!

    Kathy Frazier on

  • I am so inspired by your tiles on Mosaic. I feel so much joy each time you post a new one!

    Sandy Seidensticker on

  • Such an inspiring post. I am studying to be a certified send tangle teacher at seminar number 32 coming up in late October of this year. I am gaining confidence with each post that I read on this site. Can’t wait to meet everyone in Providence!

    Mary Perrin on

  • I truly enjoy those pictures you take on your walks when I check out Instagram. Thank you for sharing your story. I’ve been appreciating you for a long time and glad others will have an opportunity to do same. Happy tangling.

    Mary Kay Watson CZT17 on

  • I love Midori! You can feel the emotion in each tile she creates. Beautiful addition to the family tree. I love her ‘I See’ posts as well. ❤️

    Kim Kohler CZT on

  • What joy to listen to the amazing and magical midori, whom I have long admired on the Mosaic app! Another beautiful flower on our family tree!

    Jennifer Sparrow on

  • This little vignette just made me feel so happy to be a part of this amazing, global family ! Beautiful tangling, Midori !


    Sharon Jerkovic CZT31 on

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