Yoko Ono Q&A on Twitter

Yoko Ono answers your questions every Friday on Twitter & Facebook.

Friday 29 August 2014


Angela Mata
It’s already Friday again? Doing anything special this weekend Yoko?

Trying to get as much sleep as possible, read, read, read and dream.

Kim Darby
What makes you feel the most serene?


Johann Heyss
Dear Yoko, how are you? I hope you are well. My question is: do you think men could/should be feminists? There are some feminist women who call themselves radfems (as in radical feminists) who say that men should never consider themselves feminists, because feminism would be exclusively from and for women. It makes me a bit confused, because since I was a kid I learned a lot from John’s statements like when he said, in one of the Double Fantasy interviews, that he was “more feminist now” than when he composed “Woman is the nigger of the world”. Thanks in advance, sending you the best of wishes, always, Johann.

Dear Johann, Just as some men were frightened that women might take over the world, some women are frightened that ‘feminism’ will not be exclusively theirs. Don’t listen to those people. We women are all thankful that there are men like you who even care about us to think that women do not have the exclusive rights to call themselves feminists… that men can be so concerned about the injustices done to women that they would even want to call themselves ‘feminists’. Thank you. yoko.

Genie O’Brien
Allow me to take a moment to lovingly thank you for the global awakenings you have fostered for 45+ years. I am now 65, still a Peace and Truth activist, aging hippie, and artist. I have so much soul development to be thankful to you and John for since the late 60′s. I was raised in a Sacred Heart school in Pennsylvania and somewhere I read that you had that experience as well. What a long strange trip it’s been. Thank you for expanding the horizons for so many. You are loved Yoko by so many. Thank you for being, and for Being a Wayshower.

Thank you for your encouragement. I appreciate it deeply.

Rae Ono
Hello, Yoko. Do you worry about the fishes sometimes? I do. With all the oil spilled on the coast of Mexico by BP and all the radioactivity leaking from the Fukushima plant, I wonder if one day there will be no more fish.

That’s my concern, too. But you know how humans are. They are a pretty clever lot. So we will probably create a healthy pond in which we will raise fish. I know it will never be the same as the wild fish. But we might make “the pond” just a nice sized part of the ocean and raise healthy fish. The other thing that could happen is we find a way to clean up the ocean all together as part of the healing of the planet.

Melanie Kowal
Do you believe there is any end in sight to the Gaza conflict or are we still going to be wishing them peace in 30 years time?
You made me smile! I still believe in the fact that we will have world peace. But we have to rush because there are so many terrible things we, as the human race, are doing now. And we will rush. We’re not dumb, you know. But we need your help. You have to be peaceful to get peace. If you are angry and combative, well, that is not going to help. Please send out the strongest energy of love, peace and belief to the world. We will still be too late to save some lives. But we don’t have much option.

Red Gilchrist
What can we do about the promise to Palestinians of their own, self determined, contiguous land, Yoko? How can we get to what’s “FAIR”? And what happened to democracy there? Wrong democracy? (in our USA opinion)

We have to ask ourselves to be super smart, quickly. We see that two sides are fighting. We should express our love for both sides equally. Both sides think religion is more important than people. Justifying violence and murder by religion is old hat. The most important thing is our lives today. Not to fight for the religion of yesterday. If we want to help stop the war, we should give financial assistance exactly half to Israel and half to Palestine. The condition being that both sides have to use the money to reconstruct and heal their land. If it is used for military force, the monetary assistance will be withdrawn. The lives of the people should come above everything.

Simon Black
Hi Yoko. I’m currently spending 5 minutes a day meditating on world peace. If I up this to 10 mins, would I get a better result? Or is more a quality verse quantity sort of thing? Thanks in advance

Yes. Quality is more important than quatity, of course. But being human, I sometimes find myself not doing a quality job if I don’t give myself enough time. So be your judge, and do a quality job without thinking how much time you are giving to it.

Ryan Booker
Yoko, does the recent climate report from the U.N. which says that global warming is pretty much irreversible at this point make you wonder if peace is not the answer, so much as doing what we can to halt global warming, which will facilitate peace between countries battling for increasingly rare resources? I know Imagine Battle Global Warming doesn’t have the ring of Imagine Peace, but it’s sort of the anti-war slogan of our times.

I think we have to know that the war is on a very severe level. President Lyndon B. Johnson said if he stopped the war, he might be assassinated. I think he was speaking the truth. No-one wants to be assassinated, not even the president of a country. So be sympathetic to all presidents of the world and use your wisdom and love to help create a peaceful world, instead of just leaving it to the presidents of the world and blaming tem that they are are not doing enough.

Ryan Felten
Hi Yoko. When expressing a movement such as peace — you, John and others promoted it through music and art, which was very influential. With technology and media changing today, what do you think is the most influential way to promote something like peace?

By changing our heads quickly. Our heads are the source to think how to get peace. Our hearts are the source of courage to act.

Albert Murrian
Hello, Yoko. It’s me again. I don’t have a question. I just wanted to say that I read Grapefruit this week and thought it was brilliant. I would love to live in a world like the one you create with your poems, where everything is possible and the imagination is free to do whatever it wants. You are an inspiration and a true original. Grapefruit was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Peace and love

Thank you for your encouragement. I love you! yoko


positivity&happiness ‏@vote4alexander
Studying abroad next week & booked a side trip to Iceland to see your Peace Tower, any other places in Iceland I shouldn’t miss?

Don’t miss anything you bump into. It will give you insights into life.

K ‏@raindrops1967
I’m really interested to know what do you eat and drink that makes you feel the most well?

I am like the people who say they nearly died and from then on they became thankful for everything in life. Well, I think of myself as a person who could have died yesterday… just by the fact that I had such a rough life. And I am still alive and well at 81 – going to 82!!! I am such a lucky woman. How could I not love every piece of life?

Emma Mann ‏@emmas_the_mann
My friend and I are huge fans! We discovered your music last year. We were wondering what a ‘busy bouncer’ is.

The Bouncer in the song is a person bouncing around. That’s me!

Kelly. ‏@OctoberKell
Hi, Yoko. I was wondering if you were planning on writing an autobiography any time soon? I would love to read it!

I’m sure you would. But I don’t have the time now to get deep into the past. I am excited about what I am doing now.

maritona ‏@maritona13
When will we be at peace, and is there a possibility there will ever be peace?

When you have peace in your mind, you will get peace. If just enough people are really peaceful, we will get peace of togetherness. We’re getting there!

Richard Moore ‏@rikkimoore666
What can be done avoid a holy war with Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Muslims etc all disagreeing???

They will start to want peace because every country will have no money to fight a winning war anymore. And all our close people, including our children, will be more and more depressed. We should stop being dumb before that happens.

Aldous Huxley ‏@darsie2
Hi Yoko – Is there any event that you wish had been recorded on tape/video/film for posterity’s sake that wasn’t?? Many thanks.

You’ll be surprsied there’s so many instances I would love to have had recorded. Too bad. We just have ourselves still intact. That’s all we have.

Betty ‏@BarzhDu
Watching The Dawn is my new favourite song. So beautiful! The music is sublime – where did you find inspiration for it?

In my pained heart.

sutton althisar ‏@AlthisarSutton
How would YOU speak to a 3-year-old girl who has questions about death?

Tell her you are just as ignorant about it as she is, since you have not experienced being dead.

Bona Permana ‏@Boonpermana
Love, is one of the greatest thing in the world, isn’t it? How old were you when realized it? Love

Love is the only energy we can rely on. And all of us have known it since birth, because it is the only energy and protection that kept us going. Breathing is one of the ways we give ourselves that energy, and give others too.

DJA ‏@___DJA___
If you could give one piece of advice to the future generations, what would it be?

I don’t know what to say, since I, myself, am part of the future generations – full of hope and curiosity.

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24 Responses to Yoko QandA day – Fridays on Twitter & Facebook – latest answers here:

  1. lynn gallen says:

    yoko what does it mean ” I’m in phase 9 now”,( your response to fact you don’t cook but put energy else where) what is is significant about the # 9? Does John’s Revolution #9 share a meaning?
    with a handshake in thought.
    Lynn Gallen

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  3. Jeanette says:

    Thank you so much for answering my question Yoko :)

  4. joseph martin says:

    Joseph Martin john is a light that will never go out for all you need is love will continue to feed this light
    he was a poet, songwriter, composer, a father, a champion for peace but most of all he was just a man. unlike paul m. he could feel and write a…bout pain and longing and reach the depths of dispair and somehow it was beautiful Help i need somebody, so i sing a song of love for julia, mother you had me but i never had you, women you understand the little child inside a man, i was dreaming in the past and my heart was beating fast, if you want money for people with minds that hate all i can tell you brother you’ll have to wait, war is over if you want it, no need for greed or hungar a brotherhood of man,but most of all IN MY LIFE I LOVE YOU MORE
    happy birthday john you are loved and i and millions more will miss you

  5. Felipe says:

    Yoko, your message is beautiful and we still believe in Peace.

    Here in South America we fight everyday for our beliefs, our ideals, our peace motives and for the beauty of life.

    Sometimes is very hard to swim against the currents, against over consumption, against the media, against the powerful and their money.

    But when i saw you and your willpower to keep screaming for peace and love for everyone, i feel alive now and i’ll keep yelling and working to build a better world for us all.

    Thank you Yoko. Mata ne!

    Felipe Nadeau.

  6. Shrujana says:

    i need your help!…i’m in a big emotional crisis and i don’t think i’m handling too well….

  7. Jen says:

    Hello Yoko, thank you for being available. I was at MoMA this past weekend…I screamed and made a wish. Thanks for bringing me full circle…and thank you for your he(art). I will be thinking of you and John tomorrow. Xo jen

    • Yoko Ono says:

      Hi Jen! It’s nice that you participated in the scream piece and screamed. Your scream joined all the other screams of that piece performed in MOMA, and is sending out a strong vibration and making a strong statement to the world. love, yoko

  8. Patti W says:

    Many years ago in NY you and John did a TV show on channel 13 which I attended. I have never heard anything relating to this show. Could you please let me know why.
    Love and God Bless

  9. Jos Witteman says:

    My next cd with my poems / music will be dedicated to you and John. This because of the good vibes you’re givin’ to the world. More than thanks, and with lovin’ greetings from The Netherlands,

    Jos Witteman

  10. Nestlenathan says:

    Once again thank you very much for taking the time to answer the questions your much appreciated n loved..cheers, thanks.

    Live forever

  11. Kallie says:

    HI Yoko,

    I am doing a write up on Cut Piece. I was wondering what is a message or representation you were trying to say with this piece?



  12. Sonia says:

    Thank you for the answers that you shared to me especially about questions related when you were expecting a baby with John.. One of my favorites is you are craving meat and cabbage and about morning sickness.. hope if you don’t mind I could post some questions that was bugging in my head. it is all about Sean when he was not yet born (I mean inside your womb)… again thank you…

  13. Love your response to my query, thank you so much for your work. You’re absolutely right about love.

  14. Nessus says:

    Yoko, God bless you, love nessus

  15. Sue says:

    Yoko, one day I drove through Florida and felt incredibly sad, for no apparent reason, later, I found out Nam June Paik had died, how did you feel on that day? do you remember?

  16. mcszg says:

    Love your work Yoko !!!

  17. mellepixie says:

    Yoko, do you believe in “an eye for an eye”? those who kill should be killed in return or anything like that?

  18. Jay Thomas says:

    Thank you Yoko for taking the time to answer these questions. Your ideas inspire me.





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