Japan marked the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death today (08DEC05) by holding a free concert at a specially built museum.

The late BEATLE's Japanese widow Yoko Ono approved the building of the John Lennon Museum, in the Tokyo suburb of Saitama, where five amateur bands played his songs for three hours.

Japanese radio station J-Wave also devoted the entire day to the tragic anniversary, and included tributes in between Lennon's songs.

Ono held a memorial concert on what would have been her husband's 60th birthday on 9 October 2000 at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall - where The Beatles played their first Japanese gig in 1966.

The IMAGINE star was murdered in 1980 outside his New York City apartment building by deranged fan Mark David Chapman.