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Yes, I Am Coming by Yoko Ono
Published in Asahi Graphic magazine in 1974. Translated from Japanese.

Could you come to Japan?
Yes, then, I am coming.

After I said so, I thought "dear me." It seems like the unknown part of me has said "yes" somehow and it scares me. There is a person who worries, "is the country that has been nasty to you so much and you will go there again nonchalantly? Where is your pride?" Then I think to myself that my looks seem to have pride from very early ages but I did not have much pride than one might think. It is nothing when I say I am going to Paris for a week, but I wonder why my heart makes noise if I am going to Japan for two weeks. The other morning I was startled when my husband John started talking to me in Japanese in my dream. I have not dreamed in Japanese in ten years.



I Cannot Do Unpleasant
by Yoko Ono
Published in Asahi Graphic magazine in 1974. Translated from Japanese.

I cannot do unpleasant
I can hardly do unpleasant

I cannot do unpleasant
I will never do unpleasant

No matter how and what I am told
I will never ever do unpleasant

No matter how and what I am told
I will never do unpleasant

If I have to do unpleasant I might as well abandon
If I have to do unpleasant I might as well die

I will never do unpleasant
I will never do unpleasant

I cannot do unpleasant
I will never do unpleasant

 

Images and translations contributed by Mikihiko Hori. Photos of Yoko Ono © Kishin Sinoyama Go back