Yoko Ono Lennon

Yoko was successful and a wealthy artist long before she met the lead singer and song writer of the 'fab-four.' Whether or not she partook of the herb cannabis before then is speculative, but considering how talented she was, and the artist and musicians who she 'hung' with, it is very possible.

Ono Yōko, born February 18, 1933, is a Japanese artist, musian, author, peace activist and known for her avant-garde art, music and film making. Yoko brought feminism to the forfront long before it was popular to do so. Her music prefigured 'New Wave' music. She is a big supporter of gay rights and for her philanthropic contributions to the arts, peace and AIDS outreach programs. 

Yoko's mother, Isoko Ono, was the great-granddaughter of Zenjiro Yasuda of the Yasuda banking family. Her father, Yeisuke Ono, was a banker and one-time classical pianist who was a descendant of the  Emperor of Japan.

Through the great fire bombing of 1945, she was sheltered with other members of her family in a special bunker in the Azabu district of Tokyo. After it was over Yoko lived in the Karuizawa mountains with her family.

Yoko has said that she and her family were forced to beg for food and pulled their belongings in a wheelbarrow; and that it was this time in her life that she developed her hatred of war, and her "aggressive" attitude and first hand understanding of the "outsider" status when other children bullied her and her brother, who were once very well-to-do.

On June 26, 2007, Yoko appeared on Larry King Live along with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Olivia Harrison. 

On October 9, 2007 Ono officially lit the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island in Iceland, dedicated to peace and to John Lennon. 


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