... near Tokyo - because the couple "felt we were bridging the gap between East and West"...

Yoko Ono has visited TOKYO to open a museum dedicated to the life and art of her late husband John Lennon.

The museum is located in Yono near Tokyo, and due to open to the public on what would have been Lennon‘s 60th birthday (October 9). The museum contains photographs, instruments, hand-written lyrics and other collectibles.

Speaking to reporters, Ono defended the museum’s location in Japan, away from the cities Lennon is most often associated with – Liverpool and New York. She said: “I worried that if it was in Japan, people would just say, ‘There goes Yoko Ono, doing bad things again.’

John had so much love for this country (Japan). His son Sean is half-Japanese and we somehow felt we were bridging the gap between East and West.”

In addition to the museum, a major Lennon exhibition is to run at the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland later this month, and, in the UK, digitally remastered versions of two of Lennon‘s solo albums – ‘Double Fantasy’ and ‘Plastic Ono Band’ – are also re-released this Monday (October 9) to mark what would have been the vocalist’s 60th.