Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Capital Cities Spirit Alive And Well In Leafa Town

Cyan Hijirikawa, the mother of Shaun Hijirikawa.


Capital Cities Spirit Alive And Well In Leafa Town

By Carol Craftman
The Spirit News
September 1, 2076


Leafa College defensive tackle Shaun Hijirikawa was born Shaun Sebu Simonian and is a native of Canberra. The son of Cyan Hijirikawa and the great-grandson of Sebu Simonian, Shaun chose to legally change his last name to that of his mother in a tribute to his Japanese roots, even though he is part Armenian. His longtime friend is Shannon Kohashi, born Shannon Merchant, the son of fashionista socialite Wakaba Kohashi and the great-grandson of Ryan Merchant. In their will, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian wanted the Capital Cities name and legacy to be passed down to "their great-grandsons who will be born in Australia."

That means Shannon, a keyboardist and Shaun, a guitarist, are the current members of the now-revived duo group Capital Cities, and are quietly composing new pieces for the first album from the band in over four decades. Ironically, Sebu played keyboard and Ryan played guitar, so it was unique to see the roles change.

Shirako Tsuyukawa, the wife of Shaun Hijirikawa


"Maybe it's just an Australian thing to do everything in reverse from the Yanks; I mean, we drive on the left side of the road all over the continent," said Shaun from his off-campus dorm in Canberra, shared with his wife Shirako Tsuyukawa, a resurrected form of the old Japanese destroyer Shiratsuyu from the 1940s and a talented guitarist who occasionally performs with the duo. "But me and Shan are good mates and we wanted to keep the vision of our old men alive. I didn't want my old man's beard, though, I prefer it to be clean-shaven.

"My mom always told me, you can be who you want to be. Diversify yourself. Make yourself noticed. Be a star. That's what she told me when I headed off to enroll at the college in January with Shira. I'm a music major and I could have been on a jazz ensemble. Instead, I decided to try something different, and that's play gridiron. I went through trials and now I'm on scholarship as a player, complete with a generous stipend. My good friend Shannon wanted to join me on the team and we're both in each other's company with all of the others. It's a good feeling."


Wakaba Kohashi, the mother of Shannon Kohashi.


"Gridiron's a great escape from the rigors of studying the fine arts," said Kohashi. "Me and Shaun are studying music and fashion and even coming up with designing hipster-themed outfits because the parent institution in Canada has a unique hipster culture. On the other hand, the temptation of diving into the vices of the good life has not lost itself on us, and we need to keep out wits about us.


Haruko Sameshima, the wife of Shannon Kohashi.

"My wife is Haruko Sameshima, a reincarnation of the 1940's destroyer Harusame, and Haruko reminds me of my obligations to family. She's expecting twin daughters in January, and we've been investing in new stuff for the kids. So I get to be a dad, a husband, an athlete, a scholar and musician. My mum is amazed that we can pull this off, but like Old Man Sebu once said, even in a hurricane of frowns, I know that we'll be safe and sound."