Yoko Ono pays tribute and lays flowers at the Hiroshima Memorial, August 2011.

On Hiroshima Day – August 6th, 2011

On Nagasaki Day – August 9th, 2011


Trust in the power of human intellect and the super ability sleeping in our subconscious.

The 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were a tragedy of the greatest magnitude.

Even now, sixty six years later, many victims of the violence of atomic weapons are still suffering,
physically, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

And now the tragedy of the atom has unfolded again,
with the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11th 2011.

This time, though, the global citizens are wiser.
We are all fully aware that the tragedy is not a local happening of Fukushima and Japan, but of our planet.

With the warning we’ve received from this tragedy,
and the belief and the efforts of all of us on this globe,
We will leave the world full of old and dangerous human habits
and bring the future new world with the speed of lightning.

Well, that’s what we should be doing. And we can.

“All that we are is the result of what we thought.” – Buddha

When things are bad, we know what to do.

It’s time for each of us, every member of the human race,
to draw on the subconscious power sleeping in us,
and move the mountains blocking us from the healthy, peaceful world we will bring for ourselves.

Start with having good thoughts – especially about yourself.
Don’t waste your time being angry at greed-ridden corporate guys and lying-through-the teeth-politicians.
We have to focus on what we can do and do.

Believe in the power of goodness which we all have.
Be an oasis for people who are suffering from spiritual thirst.
Have a vision of the society with no social injustices.

This time, we have been given a rare challenge to go for mass enlightenment, and fast.
It’s not any different from other challenges we had to take care of.
We always did take care of them, and came out smelling like roses.

The Human Race is a miracle race.
We can do anything we want.
Just focus on what to do, and how simple it is.

Look into people’s eyes.
They are your eyes.
They are beautiful.
They are smiling.

Let’s go!

I love you!


Yoko Ono
Hiroshima Day, 6 August 2011
Nagasaki Day, 9 August 2011

Yoko Ono: The Road To Hope, Hiroshima MoCA, August 2011.

Photos by Anne Terada ©2011 Yoko Ono.

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35 Responses to On Hiroshima Day August 6th 2011 / On Nagasaki Day August 9th 2011 by YOKO ONO

  1. Rumi says:

    Dear Yoko-san,

    Since 311, many things have changed… the way world look at Japan, the way we live in Japan and most of all , those in Japan had to learn how to live with the fear and to fight against invisible radiation.

    I went through many emotional stages in last 5 months, but then awakened when I realise that
    my life or God of some form is really observing how I shift the way I live.

    Fukushima was awakening as in your message.
    We need to come together to make things better because we all heard the message.

    I will visit Hiroshima with someone I truly love in September, and visit MOCA to see
    experience your message.

    Thank you so much for being there.
    You are our inspiration and admiration.


  2. Tony Simpson says:

    Good afternoon, Yoko, from Nottingham. Hope you’re well. A few days ago, I went down The Road to Hope in Hiroshima, with Dave Webb, a friend from CND. We found it a stunning installation, which we hope will be seen all around the world. We would love to bring it to England.

    We were in Hiroshima for the World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs. “Invisible People” expresses all we need to know about those days in August 1945. Wraiths were all around us. The room attendants were especially solicitous and kind as we moved though the darkness. It was as though we were mourning, and hoping, together.

    Something is moving in Japan. The Great Earthquake, tsunami, and the still unfolding nuclear disaster at Fukushima have brought forth a response. The people have found a new energy: men, women and children from all over Japan participated in the Conference, especially in the big gatherings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We will do our best to ensure that their message is heard more widely. Nuclear weapons are very old hat! The terrible experiments at Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed that; no one has dared to use such weapons since, though some have dared to threaten.

    Yes, as you say, let’s keep trust with the power of human intellect, and with our deep, subconscious ability to love and care for each other; “Remember your humanity, and forget the rest,” in the words of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955. It’s a long road, once again full of hope for a peaceful and sustainable tomorrow. Imagine, no nukes!

    I’m very glad you were part of my first visit to Hiroshima. And many congratulations on winning the Hiroshima Prize. It is richly deserved for a lifetime’s endeavour in the cause of peace.

    • Yoko Ono says:

      Dear Tony,
      I am so glad that not only we were in Hiroshima at the same time, but you had the time to see my art exhibit.
      Thank you.

      • Tony Simpson says:

        Dear Yoko,

        Many thanks for yours.

        My daughter, Bridget (age 16), was thrilled to hear about your exhibition, and that I’d written to you. She’ll be even more thrilled to hear of your swift reply.

        Greetings from Old England!

        Tony Simpson
        Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

        PS In the Russell Foundation archive, there’s a copy of a letter which Bertrand Russell sent thanking you and John for the presents you had sent to him. He doesn’t say what they were, but he was clearly pleased to receive them.

  3. pema says:

    Oh Yoko, now I know I’ve always loved you!

  4. michael hadley says:

    A princess of peace is with us !! I see the revolver globe is quite full today.. .. love&peace to all !!

  5. Thank you so much for your lifetime of dedication to peace and world transformation. You are such an inspiration to everyone. As we shift our brains, our thinking, and our consciousness, we can create a better world for all. Thank YOU!

  6. frankie says:

    Thanks, Yoko ! Lots of love to you. When I look into the blue sky & see a cloud pass I think about you, & I think about all of us on the planet. We still have time to turn it all around & make the world a better place. Think love, Think peace

  7. anthony schultz says:

    Thank you sister artist for refering to thee enlightened quotation of our real spiritual ancestor, the inner master of freedom, compasson and wisdom that is infinitely alive and consciously awake.

    “All that we are is the result of what we thought.” – Buddha

    Since we create our reality with our mind and everything is interconnected and since we can change our mind, everything and anything is possible so to act, speak and think unto others as you would want others to act, speak and think unto you is an offering that is honored with the highest respect for its truth

  8. Kayzie Rogers says:

    Yoko, you are my hero. I love you.

  9. zenriver says:

    Oh Yoko! 🙂
    your touch is the pulse of the world!
    thank you for this beautiful letter of love & connection ~ i ii iii

  10. Thank you for your beautiful smiling eyes. Your vision is awesome; so I thank you for sharing.

    Love and Peace from Canada 😀

  11. Sean Alan Romanek says:

    the Power of Goodness. We may not all practice Goodness, But We Practice the Power for All People. With the Practice of the Power, Goodness 4 ANYONE is only a HeartBeat Away. See Someone Who Loves You, Today.

  12. Wendy Storey Sahagen says:

    Yoko, you are beautiful. Inside and out. I wish the world would stop and listen to you…really listen. Peace.

  13. juan mendez says:

    I am from a different part of the world, Guatemala, but the sadness is also felt and the need to help our brothers and sisters in Japan was also a duty to donate to the red cross. We don’t speak even the same language, or have similar cultural traditions, but it is the human language that speaks through us. In the same way Japan a great brother helped Guatemala during the devastations felt from several hurricanes, we are great gratitude with Japan, and I bow onto those brothers and sisters, we feel your pain and wish you all the happiness..

  14. Eric de Koning says:

    It was very what happened on August 6th 1945. Three days later it was very sad too. 520,000 people who were not guilty were killed. Please, no more atomic bombs. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!

  15. Glenn says:

    Thank you Yoko, for all of your efforts on the part of promoting peace in the world, for there are far too few out there doing that. Today’s ominous anniversary reminds of that sobering fact. John would be so proud of you. Peace to you. 🙂

  16. BIA says:

    Hi Yoko!!!

    Very nice and encouraging! You’re still beautiful, but it is not only beautiful in appearance but inside and out. His words and actions resonate worldwide awakening new consciousness and reflection showing how each of us is important to change attitudes and build a better world. His words are always perfect and motivating.

    Peace and Light in your heart! 🙂

    i ii iii



  17. Shinji Unno says:

    Thank you, Yoko, for going to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I wish I could be there with you. I’ve been imagining total peace and giving peace chances for last 40 years with you and John.

  18. Takako says:

    Thank you very much for an impressive message to all of us, Yoko.
    I had been struggling in a relationship with my parents for a long time and gradually it became more calm, but yesterday I had found myself that I still had bitterness, sadness and regrets. Today I could see your message and decide to open my heart again and walk towards light. We have no time to regret, we just have this moment. Thank you again. Would like to visit Yokohama Museum to see your work and hope I can get a phone call from you !!

  19. ありきたりなことばですが、YOKO’s English is always easy, simple, and like a poem. I love them. They have power that make me strong on TWITTER. Let me say thank you so much with bottom of my heart. Llove and respect for you from TOKYO. (^з^)-☆Chu!! 食欲がない時ほど肉を食べましょう。ひとの心(臓器=脳)もカラダも、口から食べた栄養で出来ています。栄養が不足すると心身の不調が表出します。ひとのカラダは70%が水、残りはタンパク質で出来ています。砂糖や食品添加物は食べるとビタミンやミネラルを消耗してしまいます。

  20. Karen Swisa says:

    Yoko, you are so inspiring! It’s so simple, or at least it can be. Thank you for reminding all of us to find the change within us.

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