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Macrobiotic Memories
John Lennon and Yoko Ono

"We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep on watering it.

You've got to really look after it and nurture it."

- John Lennon


An excerpt of Interview
With John Lennon And Yoko Ono
by David Sheff for the Playboy Magazine September 8-28, 1980

David : What does your diet include besides sashimi and sushi, Hershey bars and cappuccinos?

LENNON: We're mostly macrobiotic, but sometimes I take the family out for a pizza.

ONO: Intuition tells you what to eat. It's dangerous to try to unify things. Everybody has different needs. We went through vegetarianism and macrobiotic, but now, because we're in the studio, we do eat some junk food. We're trying to stick to macrobiotic: fish and rice, whole grains. You balance foods and eat foods indigenous to the area. Corn is the grain from this area.

David : And you both smoke up a storm.

LENNON: Macrobiotic people don't believe in the big C. Whether you take that as a rationalization or not, macrobiotics don't believe that smoking is bad for you. Of course, if we die, we're wrong.

An excerpt of the book Confessions of a raving unconfined nut: by Paul Krassner

I had known (Yoko Ono) her in the sixties as an avant-garde conceptual artist. She had one project which took place on a wooden platform in the Paradox, a macrobiotic restaurant.

People would climb inside these huge black burlap bags, singly, or with a partner, and then do whatever they wanted, providing a floor show for patrons while they ate their brown rice and sprout salad.


Singer Jackie DeShannon remembers opening for the Beatles in their first extensive tour of the United States. ''We played jokes on each other and had countless pillow fights," she says of Lennon. And Ronnie Hawkins, whose group later became known as the Band, talks of how John and Yoko stayed at his house in Toronto -- they ate macrobiotic food, but he caught them down at his fridge in the middle of the night sneaking bologna.

John Cage, One of 20th-century America’s great musical innovators. He experimented with prepared pianos, unusual percussion instruments, electronics, weird notation and even silence, as well as introducing the element of chance into the performance of his music.

In the late 70s, John Cage, after serious health problems, began a macrobiotic diet on the advice of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

John Lennon and Yoko Ono were friends of John Cage and sent him six cookbooks on macrobiotics.

source Gregory Sams

Aisumasen (I'm Sorry)
from the album Mind Games

When I'm down really yin
And I don't know what I'm doing Aisumasen Yoko All I had to do was call your name

And when I hurt you and cause you pain Darling I promise I won't do it again

Aisumasen Yoko It's hard enough I know just to feel your own pain

All that I know is just what you tell me All that I know is just what you show me

When I'm down real sanpaku
And I don't know what to do
Aisumasen Yoko san All I had to do was call your name Yes, all I had to do was call your name

* Sanpaku, a well-known Japanese term, sanpaku, describes a condition in which the white of the eye can be seen between the pupil and the lower lid as the subject gazes directly forward. This, we quickly learn, connotes a grave state of physical and spiritual imbalance. The sanpaku is out of touch with himself, his body and the natural forces of the universe. Symptomatically, sanpaku can be recognized by chronic fatigue, low sexual vitality, poor instinctive reactions, bad humor, inability to sleep soundly and lack of precision in thought and action.


Seed, Europe's first macrobiotic restaurant, in 1967 and introduced a basic menu of rice and vegetables for four shillings (20 pence). Regular customers included Marc Bolan, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the Rolling Stones and Terence Stamp. 'It was a cool place to hang out for those who were health conscious,' - The Observer

Also read: Craig Sams Story

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