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AN EXHIBITION IN AN INVISIBLE TOWN

AN EXHIBITION IN AN INVISIBLE TOWN by Yoko Ono, 2008 When the request came to me to do a museum show in a German town called B, I immediately said no. Why should I shlep myself to a town in Germany that is not Berlin? I loved Berlin. I loved walking to the [...]

2008-11-12T18:07:10+00:00 November 5th, 2008|Feature, Written work|

SEPTEMBER THE ELEVENTH

SEPTEMBER THE ELEVENTH by Yoko Ono 9/11 affected me like it affected you. It was frightening. I was in New York and I was frightened. In my life, the most scary thing that had happened was World War II. I was in Tokyo when enemy planes were coming in, bombing the city. So I see [...]

2008-11-07T18:56:18+00:00 September 11th, 2008|Written work|

ACORN EVENT by Yoko Ono

Dear Friends,At our first event together 40 years ago, John and I planted two acorns, firmly believing that our "Seeds of Peace" would keep multiplying forever.Were we naive? Yes, definitely.Before a week had passed, the seeds were dug out by, well, curiosity seekers... OK, they stole them.That's the word. But that did not stop us.We [...]

2008-12-11T13:19:35+00:00 June 13th, 2008|100 Acorns, Events & Exhibitions News|

SUMMER OF 1961

SUMMER OF 1961 by Yoko Ono Early summer, I got a call from one of the artists who did one of the evening performances at my loft on Chambers Street. He said there was this guy who opened a midtown gallery on Madison Avenue and was planning to do exactly what I had been doing [...]

2011-10-29T15:24:40+00:00 April 1st, 2008|Written work|

FROM MY WINDOW (LA FORTUNA)

by Yoko Ono The sad news today was that La Fortuna was closing. I see the winter sky of N.Y. today from my window: sleet and snow. It reminds me of those hurried days of Double Fantasy. John and I would grab the little time we had and stop by La Fortuna to ruminate over [...]

2008-11-06T18:49:33+00:00 March 5th, 2008|Written work|

Yoko Ono: FEMAIL

Jan/Feb 2008 Excerpts from Yoko’s fanmail replies. Imagine if you were in China and if there was a blonde blue eyed man walking. They might call out "Hey, Brad, where's Angelina?!" You'll be surprised what I have put up in my time, and still do. You will find what you want to do, when the [...]

2008-11-03T21:49:18+00:00 February 29th, 2008|Written work|

BIRTHDAY THOUGHTS 2008

by Yoko Ono It is a giddy feeling like being on a mountain looking down many little houses many little streets I was once in them how little they were! The cars are driving like soldiers like cockroaches like dots I look up there are many trees leading me to... is that the top of [...]

2008-10-24T13:49:42+00:00 February 18th, 2008|Written work|

STATE OF LOVE

There is so much fun we can have in life. Let's look forward to it, and not destroy our chances by holding on to our fear and confusion. That's old hat now. Remember, our mind is strong enough to do harm to ourselves as well. Just know that each time you say I love you, [...]

2008-10-24T13:46:15+00:00 January 1st, 2008|Written work|

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER CEREMONY SPEECH

Yoko Ono 9th Oct 2007 All spirits of goodness of this magical land, of the planet, and of the universe. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for witnessing our humble gathering for the unveiling of IMAGINE PEACE TOWER. They say if all the people in China were to jump up and down at the same [...]

2009-01-01T21:50:00+00:00 October 9th, 2007|Written work|

Birthday Thoughts 2007

MESSAGE FROM YOKO ONO October 9th 2007 Dear Friends Thank you for adding your love and wisdom to this very special day. Together, we stand for peace for the world to see. BIRTHDAY THOUGHTS 2007 We stand on this beautiful planet enjoying the sunrise, the sunset, the change of seasons the oceans, the mountains, the [...]

2008-10-24T12:42:50+00:00 October 9th, 2007|Written work|

IMAGINE PEACE DAY

IMAGINE PEACE DAY Yoko Ono 9th Oct 2007 Dear Friends Thank you for adding your love and wisdom to this very special day. Together, we stand for peace for the world to see. BIRTHDAY THOUGHTS 2007 We stand on this beautiful planet enjoying the sunrise, the sunset, the change of seasons the oceans, the mountains, [...]

2008-10-24T13:49:17+00:00 October 9th, 2007|Written work|

FORGIVE US

by Yoko Ono New York Times, 8th Dec 2006 December 8th is near again. Every year, on this day, I hear from many people from all over the world who remember my husband, John Lennon, and his message of peace. They write to tell me they are thinking of John on this day and how [...]

2008-10-24T10:50:19+00:00 December 8th, 2006|Written work|

Yoko Ono: ‘As A Child Of Asia’ – United Nations Address (4th May 2005)

Yoko Ono Lennon 4th May 2005 Thank you, Secretary General Kofi Annan, esteemed members of the General Assembly, Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba of Hiroshima, Mayor Iccho Ito of Nagasaki, Mayors of Peace, EPOP International, and especially Nihon Hidankyo and the Hibakusha, the living witnesses to and survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. My name [...]

2010-10-22T11:56:42+00:00 May 4th, 2005|Written work|

Ageism by Yoko Ono

Recently I had great fun being photographed by Albert Watson for the Spring Fashion issue of New York Magazine. Yet, some people seem to be offended by my personal style. This is reflected in the following letter to a columnist at a magazine: "I recently saw a fashion spread in New York magazine featuring Yoko [...]

2008-10-24T13:28:42+00:00 March 29th, 2005|Written work|

Yoko Ono: My Memory of John

When John passed away so suddenly that night, I felt as though half of me flew away with him. My body, especially my knees, shook so badly, I had to hold on to a friend to walk out of the hospital. Spring came and went. Summer. I was surprised that the leaves were shining so [...]

2008-10-23T06:52:48+00:00 March 21st, 2005|Written work|