Why New Mexico’s flag is so unique

Flag of New Mexico, from State Symbols USA page.


The colors on New Mexico‘s state flag are the red and yellow of old Spain.  The simple, elegant center design is the ancient Zia sun symbol, which represents the unique character of New Mexico .

The Zia Indian Nation of New Mexico regard the Sun as sacred.  Their symbol for the sun  (a red circle with groups of rays pointing in four directions)  is painted on ceremonial vases, drawn on the ground around campfires, and used to introduce newborns to the Sun.

Four is the sacred number of the Zia and is seen repeated in the four points radiating from the circle, each consisting of four bars.  To the Zia Indians, the number four represents:

The four points of the compass (east, west, north, and south)

The four seasons of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter)

The four periods of each day (morning, noon, evening, and night)


The four seasons of life (childhood, youth, middle years, and old age)

The Zia’s belief is that life comes with four sacred obligations:  one must develop a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit, and a devotion to the welfare of others.



New Mexico’s flag is unique and bright-colored which is exactly why it has been ranked as the best flag in the country.  Ted Kaye who wrote the book “Good Flag, Bad Flag” conducted an online survey for the best and worst state flags.

New Mexico came in first because of its colors and the distinctive Zia symbol.  

None is as well designed as New Mexico’s, at least according to the survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association, dedicated to the study of flags.  Its members favored “strong, simple, distinctive flags,” the group wrote in announcing the results of a survey conducted in 2001, its most recent such poll.  New Mexico’s flag conforms to all three principles. 

In the center of its yellow flag sits a red circle representing the sun, with four rays extending in each cardinal direction, forming the rough shape of a plus sign.  The flag, adopted 90 years ago, borrows that design, the Zia symbol, from the tribe of the same name:



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Gathering of Nations draw tens of thousands to New Mexico

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Tens of thousands of people gatherer every year in New Mexico for what organizers bill as the largest powwow in North America.

Native American and indigenous dancers from around the world gather at the spectacular annual event in Albuquerque.

It’s a colorful procession of Native American and indigenous dancers from around the world moving to the beat of traditional drums as they fill the arena.

The dancers slowly spiral their way, one by one, toward the center of the venue, making for a spectacular display.

This annual event started in 1983 and became a massive celebration with indigenous people showcasing their cultures through dancing and singing competitions.

Spectators get a chance to see the competitors’ feathered bustles, buckskin dresses, fancy shawls, and beaded head and hair pieces.  Many of the dancers’ elaborate outfits are detailed with hand-stitched designs.

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO CLIP FROM 2016:   (courtesy of powwow.com)



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Symbolic, psychological and imaginative “UFO Highway” – – Norio Hayakawa


by Norio Hayakawa in Albuquerque, New Mexico – – April 26, 2023:

In the past, I have done an in-depth research on some of America’s fascinating military installations in the Southwest for over twenty years, spending many years investigating locations such as Area 51 in Nevada and its “connections” with other important sites such as southern California’s Edwards AFB and remote aerospace facilities in the Antelope Valley, most of which had the outward facade  (façade) of radar cross section testing sites.   

I visited the surroundings near China Lake Naval Weapons Testing Center in the California desert.  And yes, militarily there may be some  “connections” among these facilities, including the Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. 

Also, I developed a tremendous interest in Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain and its NORAD underground complex.    Not only because my wife had a unique opportunity to go through a special, military-guided “tour” inside the complex in late 1978 through her brother’s military connections, but interestingly because just a year later is when some strange things seem to have started happening in neighboring northern New Mexico.  

I had taken a special interest in New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Testing Ranges where today, the leading-edge directed energy weapons systems are being tested.  As well as Los Alamos National Laboratories  (site of the world’s foremost human genome research),  and both Sandia Laboratories and Air Force Research Laboratory both of which are located inside Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM.  This is also where the former Manzano Underground Nuclear Storage Complex was also located and which still exists now in another portion of the base.

I used to believe that the regions especially east of the Four Corners area of New Mexico contain some of the most important U.S. government secrets, hidden from the public.  It may just have been my over-zealous “imagination”.

But yes, above all, my greatest curiosity has been the long-persisting rumors about the alleged Dulce underground base in New Mexico. 

I am convinced that although we have not come up yet with any solid, physical, tangible, irrefutable evidence that there is such a facility in Dulce, there are plenty of circumstantial evidences that point to the possibility that there could be “something” there.  What that “something” is I do not know and I probably never will.

I have a trusted friend who was a former proprietor of one of the largest ranches in Dulce who declared to me a few years ago that he believes there is a facility there.  Beyond that, he could not make a comment. 

As for Area 51 in Nevada, sure, it is public knowledge now that Area 51 is a vibrant military research, development and testing complex conducted by many defense contractors who provide a variety of highly compartmentalized projects.  But there is no proof that there could not be something (more) besides all the superficial facade  (façade) of the complex. 

And yes, practically the whole world has already heard of the claims of Bob Lazar concerning Area 51.  For now, there seems to be nothing that can back up his claims.  However, at the same time, there is no way to totally disprove all his claims either.   

Highway 375 in Nevada was officially declared by the State of Nevada as the Extraterrestrial Highway in the late 1990’s because of its proximity to Area 51. 

To some people, all these significant military bases seem to be interconnected through a symbolic, psychological and imaginative “highway”.  And there is plenty of commonality among these interesting facilities.  In addition, they all relate to the rumors concerning UFOs and how “beliefs” play a major role in the military’s maintenance of secrecy. 

Yes, we all know that there doesn’t seem to be any hard, solid, tangible, physical evidence to say that there are more than just the superficial structures behind all these facilities.  Yet there are circumstantial evidences that seem to point out that there could be something more under the physical facade  (façade)  of those facilities. 



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A rare interview with Nellis Air Force Range commander in 1998 concerning Area 51

by Norio Hayakawa, April 19, 2023:

Here is a rare interview conducted in 1998 by my former colleague, the late Anthony J. Hilder, with Nellis Air Force Range commander Bill Percival.

Anthony and I both attended the pubic hearing in 1998 regarding the Air Force’s acquisition of 4000 acres of public land.

Commander Percival denied any UFO activity, secret weapons, saying that information is classified.

This was a one-time occurrence since a public hearing was required for Area 51 to expand its territory to exclude the public land.

Prior to this, you could hike to the top of a hill and see the base in the distance and still be on BLM land.

Tenaciously, Anthony cornered the commander with questions.  See this historic interview here:




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Spanish town proud of Japanese ancestry


from TAIPEI TIMES, April 10, 2005:


The town of Coria del Rio is celebrating all things Japanese after it was discovered that a group of samurais emigrated there in the early 17th century !

Coria del Rio looks like just another southern Spanish village, but its residents carry their unique history in their genes.  Nearly 650 of the 25,000 residents have the surname Japon (Japan) as an alleged sign that they descend from samurais who settled in the village in Seville province in the early 17th century.

“People here may not have a profound knowledge of Japanese culture, but they are proud of their Japanese ancestors,” says culture official Cristina Isla Palma, who believes the case of Coria del Rio to be unique in Europe.

Many of the people called Japon became aware of the origin of their name only in 1992, when the Japanese city of Miyagi donated to Coria del Rio a statue of 17th century samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga Rokuyemon.

Japan’s relations with Spain are believed to be its oldest with a European country.  They date back to 1549 when Spanish Jesuit Saint Francisco Javier arrived in Japan hoping to convert its inhabitants to Christianity.

In 1613, Spanish monk Luis Sotelo persuaded northern Japanese feudal lord Date Masamune that his commercial fleet would find a lucrative market in the Spanish empire.  A delegation of 180 people, headed by Hasekura, left for Spain to meet the king and organize trade relations.

When the group visited Coria del Rio a year later, they were received with honors.  The story has it that six samurais decided to stay, because they liked fishing in the river.

“They probably liked the country life, and fell in love with local women,” Isla Palma says.

The village has cultural exchanges with Japan, participates in events organized by the Japanese embassy in Madrid, and many residents have visited the Asian country.


In 2016, my wife and I had a privilege to visit this unique town which is right next to Sevilla:

Today close to a thousand descendants of six Japanese samurai live here.
The samurai were part of the first official envoy to Spain in early 17th Century.
The six samurai decided to stay in this town and married the locals.
There are close to a 1,000 Spanish folks in this town who have the surname Japon, such as Manuel Juan Japon, Maria Josefina Japon, Jose Fernando Japon, etc. etc. but today they all look like regular Spanish folks.




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Award-winning short documentary film “THE CONSPIRATOLOGIST”, featuring Norio Hayakawa

A 2022 short documentary film produced by filmmakers Stephen Bradford and Justin Jay Jones.

The film examines the colorful life of Norio Hayakawa, a 79-year old Japanese American conspiracy researcher living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Watch the entire movie here:



By Stephen Bradford producer:

“For most my life I have had a fascination with UFOs.  After college, I began reading much of the literature on the subject.  In the last 15 years, I have written extensively on the subject, appeared on podcasts, started a book, and forged many strong friendships with some pretty interesting people.  Although I am not a firm believer in metal disks visiting us from outer space, I do think there is SOMETHING to the phenomena.  At the very least, the subject challenges your mind and forces you to think a bit deeper about reality.

One person who always fascinated me was Norio F. Hayakawa.  Earlier this year when Justin Jay Jones and I founded our first video production company, I knew I wanted to make short documentaries on a handful of people.”

This film was awarded the best film in the short documentary category at Santa Fe International Film Festival in 2022, the Midwest WeirdFest Film Festival in Wisconsin in 2023 and also at the Parapod Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2023.




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