Who Is Yoko Ono First Husband Toshi Ichiyanagi? Where Is She Now? Details To Know

Multimedia artist-singer Yoko Ono was married to her first husband Toshi Ichiyanagi for six years until their separation in 1962.

Yoko Ono is a popular multimedia artist, singer, and songwriter. She is also a peace activist.

She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, but later moved to the United States for her career. She came to New York in 1953 and became involved in the downtown artists’ scene.

Who Is Yoko Ono First Husband Toshi Ichiyanagi? 

Multimedia artist Yoko Ono’s first husband Toshi Ichiyangi is a well-known Japanese avant-garde composer and pianist. He has composed all sorts of Western-style operas & orchestral and chamber works.

Born in 1933, Ichiyangi is known for combining his avant-garde techniques in his work such as chance music, extended technique, and non-traditional scoring.

He is a graduate of Julliard School and New School for Social Research. He received the 33rd Suntory Music Award in 2001. Also, he earned the 2018 Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award.

He and Yoko Ono got married in 1956. They remained married for several years but Ichiyangi decided to return to Japan, whereas, Ono stayed back in New York.

This put a strain on their relationship and the two divorced in 1962.

Why Was Yoko Ono Spouse John Lennon Killed?

Yoko Ono and John Lennon got married on March 20, 1969. However, Lennon passed away on 8 December 1980 after he was fatally shot at his New York residence.

He was killed by a Beatles fan Mark David Chapman, who said he was incensed by the singer’s lavish lifestyle.

Chapman planned his killing for months and waited for him at his residence on the morning of December 8. When Lennon and Ono returned home that day, Chapman fired five shots at him, four of which hit Lennon at the back.

Ono and the former Beatles member started an extra-marital affair when Lennon was still married to Cynthia Powell.

She and Lennon first met in 1966 at the Indica Gallery in London. The two eventually got close with Lennon inviting her to his house when his spouse was on holiday in 1968.

That night, Ono and Lennon recorded an album and spent the night together. Cynthia returned home the next day and found Ono wearing one of her bathrobes.

Ono fell pregnant with Lennon’s child but suffered a miscarriage a few weeks after her divorce from Cynthia.

Where Is Yoko Ono Now?

Yoko Ono is still living at The Dakota, the same New York residence where she and John Lennon lived together before his death, as per Newsweek.

She celebrated her 88th birthday this year on February 18. In 2019, The Peace Studio honored her with an award in a virtual ceremony which was attended by The Dalai Lama, Rhiannon Giddens, and Ted Danson.