Norio Hayakawa, my totally insane life story

My totally insane life…..but I have no regrets.

I have always had diversity in my life.

So far, in my tumultuous life of almost 73 years, 5 cities have impacted me greatly:

1) Yokohama, Japan, where I was born and raised, from 1944, in Motomachi Street:

I attended a Catholic school there for 12 years  (from grade school, all the way through high school) and in my 12th year there, I finally became a Catholic:

2) Albuquerque, New Mexico, where from 1965 I attended a Catholic college and majored in Spanish and where I fell in love with Country & Western music as well as Tex-Mex music:

During my college years there I made a 90 degree turn, got myself involved in the Catholic Charismatic (Pentecostal) movement, eventually departed from Catholicism, became a Protestant and began to attend a fundamentalist, Pentecostal church:

3) Phoenix, Arizona, where I became a public high school Spanish teacher in 1973:

(Imagine the stunned look on the students the first day of class, looking at a Japanese-looking guy as their Spanish teacher!!). 

It was also in Phoenix later on that I joined a Country & Western band, playing lead guitar for Johnny Whitecloud, a half-Irish, half-Cherokee singer and played at a club called Scott’s Corral, north of Scottsdale.

Later on, we travelled to Nevada and played for an officer’s club at Nellis Air Force Base:

From Arizona, we also travelled to Canada one December (Thunder Bay, Heron Bay, Sudbury) and played at a Canadian Indian reservation (it was there that I almost died, being stuck in a treacherous blizzard that I had never experienced in my life !!).:

4) Los Angeles, California, where from 1982 I worked at a Japanese-American funeral home and later became a Licensed Funeral Director until 2008 when I retired.  (Boy, have I got stories to tell !!):

It was in 1988 while working as a Funeral Director that I became interested in Area 51 in Nevada and during my vacation (in 1990) I even accompanied a Japanese TV crew to document the goings-on near that secret base.

Japanese TV crew’s arrival at the “Black Mailbox” on Hwy 375 and mile marker 29 and a half (February 21, 1990):

Unknown craft over Area 51 that evening, filmed by Japanese TV crew:

Here is MY BIO, as far as Area 51 is concerned:

On the same trip, we also visited Dulce, New Mexico, trying to get to the bottom of a rumor about an underground alien base there.

Our first visit to Dulce, New Mexico in 1990:

While in Dulce, we were detained by the local Indian police there while interviewing the people on the street in Dulce!!

In 1994 I did a week-long lecture circuit in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska for the Prophecy Club, giving a presentation about Area 51 and “End-time UFO deception”.

By 1995 I had already begun to espouse this rather outrageous notion that the ‘secret’ government will have enough technologies to even stage a “fake”, “extraterrestrial” event in the future to create panic in order to forcefully create a global government of some kind.

That year (1995), I was invited by a radio talk show host by the name of Art Bell to appear as a guest on his show.

During the two-hour appearance, I talked about a nutty video of 1994 entitled “SECRETS OF DREAMLAND“, which was one of my presentations that I did throughout Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

“SECRETS OF DREAMLAND” – – a nutty, out-dated presentation I made back in 1994:

Secrets of Dreamland

(By the way when it comes to UFOsaliens and global conspiracy theories, I am somewhat skeptical, even though I leave the door wide open, thus making myself a healthy skeptic)  


5) Rio Rancho, New Mexico, where my wife and I moved in 2008 from California to retire.

As far as we are concerned, Rio Rancho is the best place on earth to retire!!

I am presently teaching both  Beginning Guitar and Intermediate Guitar classes at the Senior Center in Rio Rancho, besides spending at least 6 hours a week playing Table Tennis at the center.

When I was living in Phoenix, I also played the guitar in a trio at a Mexican restaurant called Poncho’s in South Phoenix:

The benefit of that was that I could freely partake of their delicious Mexican food and drink great Mexican beer as long as I didn’t get plastered to perform.

I also played at a German restaurant in Phoenix (Felsen Haus):

I was a lead guitarist for a German accordion player and played German polkas and waltzes.

The benefit of that was that I could eat the most delicious wienerschnitzel that I have ever tasted in my life.

The same group played on weekends at a German American club in north central Phoenix.

The benefit of that was that I could freely partake of the best knackwurst and bratwurst sandwiches I have ever eaten in my life besides being able to drink their great German beer as long as I didn’t get too plastered to perform:

However, there were other times in Phoenix that I played music with some sleazy musicians in some sleazy “dives”. (Boy, have I got stories to tell !!).

It was in Phoenix in 1978 that I began to devour books by John A. Keel and Dr. Jacques Vallee and I started to believe that the UFO phenomenon was a ‘materialized’ demonic type of phenomenon.

(Later in 1978, I was featured in the Religion Column of ARIZONA REPUBLIC, talking about the connection between the UFO phenomenon and the demonic phenomenon!) :

UFO phenomenon as demonic activity?:


The UFO phenomenon as demonic activity?

Towards the end of my years in Phoenix I started to get this crazy notion that I was going to give up everything and become a Christian minister.

I began to attend a fundamentalist Bible college (Assemblies of God affiliated) in Phoenix and was going to become a preacher (the Pentecostal,  “charismatic”, “Holy Roller” kind) and travel to South America (since I was fluent in Spanish).

I am glad I didn’t become one.

By the way, it was in Phoenix that I became a U.S. citizen in 1976 and I cherish this so much!!

All this, besides being a dedicated extracurricular “Ufologist” since 1961  (with nothing to show for it, so far !!).

(It all started when I was growing up…….my father used to tell us of his sighting of a strange greenish ball of fire slowly maneurving itself over the Bay of Yokohama one summer night, he said, sometime around 1947 or 1948….. after being rather skeptical  of my father’s account, my mother even surprised me when she confided to me many years later that she had finally seen a flying saucer  – with a dome on top  – hovering over a railway station during broad daylight in 1975).:

Although my highest respect goes to men of science, such as the late Carl Sagan,Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth Shostak, etc., etc., ad infinitum, I have never regretted the fact that throughout all thee years I have somehow gotten myself involved in the weird field of “Ufology” because I still say that this is a strange world we’re living in and that there are still so many things we don’t really know about our world and our vast universe, including the question:  What is reality? 

Please click the following and read about my personal take on “reality“:


After my retirement in 2008 (after moving to Rio Rancho, New Mexico, from California), I have been performing live music with my One-Man Band  (i.e., as a keyboardist) at various locations in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, such as at senior centers, retirement homes, nursing homes, assisted care facilities, homeless shelter, community centers, etc. etc., where they appreciate my kind of music  (i.e., the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s music of all genre….Pop, Standard, Rock, Country, Latin and New Mexico music):

I still have about 8 “gigs” a month, performing live music at various locations.

I have especially enjoyed playing for a couple of Italian American organizations here, playing my favorite Italian music.

The benefit of this was that I could freely partake of the most delicious, home-made Italian/Sicilian food that I have ever tasted in my life!

Three years ago someone in Rio Rancho anonymously sent a copy of a local newspaper’s ad for an Oktoberfest (where I was performing)  to a TV talk show host.

It was about me playing for an Oktoberfest at the Italian-American Association hall  (imagine a Japanese Country Western singer appearing at the German Oktoberfest at the Italian-American Assocation hall !!).

And Jay Leno actually read the whole advertisement on his Tonight Show.

It was simply hilarious.

Yes, my life has been totally insane!

But I have no regrets.

End of my obituary…..LOL!!

Here it is……from the Jay Leno‘s Tonight Show of three years ago:

Norio Hayakawa, Japanese Country Western singer

Here is my version of “Folsom Prison Blues“:

“Folsom Prison Blues” by Norio Hayakawa

Here is my I’m A Ramblin’ Man:


By the way, besides the 50s, 60s and 70s music of all genre (i.e., Standard Pops, Rock’n’Roll, Latin, Country & Western and New Mexico Music), I also dabbled on what I describe as “cosmic wave” music.

Here is one called “Cosmic Ghost Riders In The Sky”

Here is how I practice at home – – a nutty, practice session at home.

This song is called HONKY TONK AMNESIA:

By the way, you can see all my insane videos right here:

Norio Hayakawa’s YouTube Channel

Also,  I just found out that I am no longer a private person:
(I could care less, now that I am 73 years old, and I am not looking for a job..LOL!!)
I just recently found out that somebody put me on WIKIPEDIA:

Who is Norio Hayakawa?


Norio Hayakawa  — My totally insane life history



E-mail =


Again, please see my YouTube Channel 


7 thoughts on “Norio Hayakawa, my totally insane life story

  1. Hello Norio, thank you for sharing your candid and most interesting life! I do hope to meet you one day. I am more than happy to keep the door open by sharing my email address with you. 😀 Happy New Year!


  2. remarkable the music ..i’m gonna check out your vids ..i have stories to tell as well..the better part of which are in no need of embellishment…i am hoping to tap into my social security ..but first i must establish my identity by appearing at the closest governmental office, thereof, which is approximately 25 miles from me … feet are my only carriage (bob marley)..this shall prove an adventure seems that, since i have never established credit by borrowing that they can not allow me to apply online..haha..another hurdle..therefore..i must , on occasion, seek gainful employment (contrary to my predilection)..consequently, i reserve my storytelling, for the most part, 4 selected audiences of my choosing or relate under the guise of fiction..have been looking for some inspiration regarding music…perhaps, i might get back to that chapter soon.. oh, by the way..i used to live at the base in pops was a lifer in the air force…at 17, he was in the army air corps and was stationed in japan..he loved it there..he was also stationed in okinawa and did a few stints in miyakojima…life can be very colorful..say hello to the land of enchantment for me..slainte’:)


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