The firebombing of Tokyo in 1943 destroyed whole districts of the downtown area—over 25 percent of the city had been incinerated, and thousands upon thousands of city dwellers fled the city to take refuge in the barns and outbuildings of farm families in the villages and towns around the capital. Ono relates what at first seems a simple childhood memory: she would go across the fields to the mulberry bushes to pick mulberries. Sometimes she would stay late, and the sun would begin to set, and she would run home across the field as the shadows lengthened. In her child’s mind she imagined that ghosts—perhaps ghosts of Tokyo’s dead—were chasing her across the fields to her home.
Live Version mit Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon und Thurston Moore (aus der Band Sonic Youth)