Japan Through John Lennon’s Eyes

‘This book was named ai (pronouced ‘eye’) because that was how John viewed and experienced Japan – with love.’

– Yoko Ono

Among the sketchbooks John Lennon left behind was an exercise notebook full of playful line drawings he sketched while learning Japanese. The wistful humour and gentle satire in these intimate drawings create a charmed vision of the way in which Lennon introduced himself to Japanese life and language. The sketchbook’s wonderful wit and artistry enlarge our view of John Lennon by letting us share his eye, ear, and love of the world.