City plans park for estate of Yoko Ono grandfather

Nov 17, 2014

City plans park for estate of Yoko Ono grandfather

Alarmed by an investment proposal by a developer, the city of Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, has decided to purchase and turn into a public park an estate of Eijiro Ono, grandfather of artist Yoko Ono and former president of the Industrial Bank of Japan, the ...

Kunisaki Art Festival shows works worth the hike

Oct 30, 2014

Kunisaki Art Festival shows works worth the hike

by Mio Yamada

To visit Antony Gormley’s “Another Time” — a life-sized iron figure which looks eastward across Oita Prefecture’s Sento district of Kunisaki from atop a mountain ledge — is a breathtaking experience. Not just because it’s a stong piece of art or that the location ...

How John Lennon, Yoko Ono affect U.S. immigration fight

Sep 5, 2014

How John Lennon, Yoko Ono affect U.S. immigration fight

The argument over President Barack Obama’s legal authority to defer deportations began 42 years ago with a bit of hashish, a dogged lawyer and John Lennon and Yoko Ono. President Richard Nixon was seeking re-election and Lennon was in New York facing deportation from ...

Two weddings and a 'Funeral' at Fuji

Jul 29, 2014

Two weddings and a 'Funeral' at Fuji

by Mike Sunda

It’s hard to know what the organizers at Fuji Rock Festival were thinking when they decided to have Jack Johnson headline the main stage on the event’s last day. Not the infectious cheer and endearingly kitsch theatricality of The Flaming Lips, who performed directly ...

Yoko Ono: 'I feel that I am starting a new life at 80'

Jun 1, 2013

Yoko Ono: 'I feel that I am starting a new life at 80'

Sitting at her kitchen table, sipping green tea, Yoko Ono looks much the same as she did when I met her 20 years ago. Dressed in black and peering intently over tinted spectacles, her face bears little trace of the passing of time and ...