I feel very honored to be writing about a living legend today. Yoko Ono has always been a representation of a legend to me. This woman is an artist, author, peace/political activist, feminist, philanthropist, wife, mother and so much more.
It is said that: “an apple does not fall far from the tree”, implying that great people aren’t just great by accident but are a product of greatness that already exist’ in their genes. This is so true of Yoko Ono (I feel like bowing everytime I write her name).
This legend was born to the great-granddaughter of Zenjiro Yasuda of the Yasuda banking family, and to father Yeisuke Ono, a banker and one-time classical pianist who was a descendant of an Emperor of Japan. Can you now trace where her greatness, strength and poise comes from? On top of that, her name (Yoko) means “ocean child”. The ocean is one element that cannot be traced, it flows freely, it’s gentle but yet forceful enough to destroy. I think it’s important to pick names carefully when we name our children. Names have such strength and power associated to them.
Although born in Japan, Yoko has been living in the US since 1935. This is longer than most of us have been alive. What I admire the most about this woman, is that while yet she was a foreigner she has made a huge impact on her generation and still has an impact on many generations. I am one who dislikes for immigrants to live in foreign countries as though they were slaves. Utilize the opportunity presented well and leave an impacting footprint before you leave.
From having the finest of education, to going through struggles of life, this woman has practically lived it all. She expressed her emotions through artwork that have been revered. Her appreciation for art has lead her to create music and author books. An example of her conceptual art includes her book of instructions called Grapefruit. First published in 1964, the book includes surreal, Zen-like instructions that are to be completed in the mind of the reader, for example: “Hide and seek Piece:
Hide until everybody goes home. Hide until everybody forgets about you. Hide until everybody dies.”
One of the things Yoko will forever be remembered for, is her marriage to legendary musician John Lennon (RIP) of the Beatles. From their passion for each other, to their passion for peace, politics and music…this is one couple that will not be forgotten anytime soon. Up until the fateful incident that took John’s life, he and Yoko led many peace/political protests and recorded great music together.
Their son Sean Ono Lennon (a replica of John) also a singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist and actor carries on a lot of his late father’s work. Check out Sean and his projects by visiting his website www.Seanonolennon.com.
In remembrance of her late husband, Yoko founded the John Lennon Museum in Saitama, Japan in 2000 and in 2009, she created an exhibit called John Lennon: THE NEW YORK CITY YEARS for the NYC Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex. The exhibit uses music, photographs and personal items to depict Lennon’s life in New York. A portion of the cost of each ticket to the exhibition is donated to Spirit Foundation, a charitable foundation set up by Lennon and Ono.
Yoko’s career and accomplishments are too many to list. However, one of her recent projects was recently featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where she and her son Sean were guests. This woman is a flagship KolorBlind queen and her body of work can only be admired…I doubt too many can rival her accomplishments.
Thank you for all you’ve done, all you continue to do and the legacy that will outlive you. Wishing you peace, health, and joy in everything you do. Xo
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s KolorBlind Spotlight: Yoko Ono … peace, love and KolorBlind!
- Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon Speak Out Against Natural Gas Fracking (treehugger.com)
- Yoko Ono – Yoko Ono Designs Swarovski Keys (contactmusic.com)
- Yoko Ono’s Wish Trees, London (littlelondonobservationist.wordpress.com)