IN NEW YORK"
Published in Shukan Bunshun, August 15th 1974
"Yoko Ono is coming back to Japan in 10 years - in order to appear at the
"ONE STEP FESTIVAL" sponsored by youngsters in Koriyama city, Fykuoka
prefecture. She is not only the originator of Happening and Free Sex, but also
Mrs. John Lennon. Now she has become the most famous Japanese in the world, but
little is known of her private life. We reveal the real face of the standard-bearer
of the avant-garde movement.
She has recently separated
from Lennon and is currently living alone in NYC. She is living in an apartment
on the seventh floor with a view of Central Park. All of her 11 rooms are painted
in white. Yoko follows her motto of "a free daily life". She sleeps
whenever she feels like sleeping and eats whenever she feels like eating. Her
reason for her separation with her husband is because: "when I am with John
Lennon, the strongest man on Earth, I get influenced by him by all means, and
I would no longer be able to see myself clearly." It is her daily routine
to talk to her husband on the phone even now, and she insists that they are not
at strife with each other.
When she is alone, usually she reads books
or writes her manuscript on her extra-large bed, and spends time in a telepathic
dialogue with her potted plants. When close friends visit, she greets them by
cooking her homemade dish in her favorite kitchen.
Before her visit to
Japan, her message addressed to the Japanese youngsters is: "I want to be
faithful to myself. I don't have to be resolved by the opinions around me. I believe
at least I have lived by being loyal to myself." At age 41, Yoko Ono has
not forgotten roots. She might cause a big happening at the Festival in Koriyama."