This months ‘North West Culture People’ is musician Hanz Araki. I interviewed Hanz during 2014 for Irish Music Magazine. In January of this year I was very fortunate to meet himself when he travelled all the way to Muff, in Co. Donegal to say ‘hello’ during his stay in Ireland. I look forward to catching up with himself later this year or earlier next year when he resides for a short while in Dingle.
NORTH WEST CULTURE ‘PEOPLE‘
Name: Hanz (Hanzaburo) Araki
Describe yourself? short of stature, of indeterminable heritage, wildly charming,
What is your best childhood memory? Visits to my grandparents house on Mercer Island, Washington.
What was your first job? Deckhand, Seattle Harbor Tours.
What is your favourite film? The cinema is my favourite pastime, so it would be a challenge to choose just one for all time. I love Miller’s Crossing and it usually is the first one to come to mind, but it’s a fairly random selection.
What is your top three favourite books? Again, pretty hard to pick favourites, but Fast Food Nation, Kafka on the Shore, Lord of the Rings come to mind. As soon as I send this, I’ll think of three completely different ones I should’ve suggested.
What is your favourite method of relaxation? Massage, acupuncture.
What is your favourite possession? Probably my Windward flute (truly! It’s not just a shameless plug).
What is your favourite holiday destination? Maui, Hawaii
What makes you happy? Spending time with friends.
What makes you sad? The political climate in the US: rampant discrimination, climate denial, disastrous foreign policy.
What annoys you? Bad driving. I mean really, with the state of things we shouldn’t drive as much as we do, and to do it badly is insult to injury.
Who inspires you? Dr. Cornel West for his acceptance of people and willingness and dedication to work towards the betterment of others; recently, Bree Newsome for her courageous act of civil disobedience; Martin Carthy, who said, “I regard tradition as progressive, and a traditional song as a progressive force, because it is concerned with the continuity of things,” Susan McKeown, Gerry O’Beirne, Peter Maguire, and on and on…
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? I’m not one much for risking life and limb — jumping out of planes or cliff-diving, that sort of thing. I’d say deciding to be a full-time musician.
How would you like to be remembered? Someone who was good to his friends.