Happy 87th birthday to Yoko Ono!
Yoko is deeply disliked by most but today I want to put emphasis towards the good she’s done. I’ve decided to share a few facts about Yoko that I believe need more attention because I know there’s always been good in her:
1. Ono is a well-known and acclaimed peace activist. She was very much a pacifist and tried to put an end to war through her art including her collaborative performance with John Lennon: Bed-in (1969). This performance took shape during the couple’s honeymoon in Amsterdam, which led the media to believe the performance would encourage public love-making, when it was in fact, a form of protest against the War.
2. After Yoko graduated from school, she was the first ever female to be accepted into the Gakushuin University philosophy program. However, she left after two semesters as Yoko was a free spirit and the school couldn’t keep her there long.
3. Yoko is a strong soul and has gone through multiple heartbreaks. She suffered a miscarriage in 1968 which was caused by stress. Her husband, Tony Cox ran away with their daughter Kyoko during a battle of custody.
4. She’s a self-made artist. Art just wasn’t her hobby, it was her passion, she would not be discouraged. Ono’s father was a music lover and encouraged her with private lessons.
5. Yoko faced many hardships during World War II. One of them being hunger. “I remember being hungry and I know it’s so difficult to be hungry,” She said. Though she was born into a wealthy family, she went through a difficult time after fleeting Tokyo during the bombing raids.
6. “Cut Piece” is one of Yoko’s most well known performance art piece in which she sits on a stage with a pair of scissors and invites audience members to cut a piece of her clothing. Ono accepted any interaction silently to comment on violence against women.
7. Her music is more than just screaming. It has heavy influences of traditional Japanese music that people often criticise and claim to be unpleasant. Her screaming performances are about pain.