Image Description: Mark Izu and Brenda Wong Aoki pose with sho, bass and fan. Mark blows into the sho with Brenda leaning on his shoulder and smiling toward the camera. Photo by Mark Shigenaga.

Return of the Sun

APICC is proud to present "Return of the Sun" by First Voice at GENERATIONS OF POWER, an outdoor showcase of performances taking place at Japantown Peace Plaza on May 14th. 

Return of the Sun is Aoki’s original interpretation of a myth from Japan’s oldest text the Kojiki, about Amaterasu the Great Solar Mother and central deity in Shintoism, which honors the sacredness and interconnection of all that is. The story is Japanese, but the Sun Goddess is worshipped worldwide. Featuring elements of Nohgaku theater and Gagaku music, all rooted in Shintoism, the work is an example of the Japanese American cultural continuum. Izu will end with sho, the instrument that calls the phoenix, the mythical creature that only comes at a time of peace and prosperity.


Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu of First Voice


Since 1976, Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu have, together and separately created multi-disciplinary work that has received national and international acclaim. The two prominent Asian-American artists were founding faculty at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford, and their broad vision for this organization had its roots in their experience. First Voice was founded in 1995 to provide an organizational structure for their collaborations, which center on the creation of contemporary American art by working in and adapting non-Western theatrical, musical, and spoken word traditions. Learn more at


This program is part of a larger showcase of performances taking place at Japantown Peace Plaza


12:00-12:15 Opening Introductions & Announcements
12:15-1:00PM Sugilanon by Caroline Cabading & The Autonomous Region
1:00-1:50PM Love & Unity: Asian American Choreographer's Showcase curated by Claudine Naganuma
1:50-2:40PM “Seh Kui: Community is In the Heart” by The Last Hoisan Poets & Del Sol Quartet
2:40-2:55PM Return of the Sun by First Voice
2:55-3:20PM Youth Rising by Leela Youth Dance Company
After this, please join us in crossing the street (Post St) to Buchanan Mall for the next performance:
3:30-4:00PM groundwater/chikasui 地下水 by tashi tamate weiss (Across Post St at Buchanan Mall)

Attendance is free and open to the public. Let us know you're going:

May 14, 2022 at 12:00pm - 4pm
Japantown Peace Plaza
1610 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115
United States
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Accessibility & Consent

 The Japantown Peace Plaza is wheelchair accessible.
 ASL interpretation will be available for the duration of the event.

In an effort to raise awareness about the ongoing pandemic, onsite COVID-19 testing will be available to those who choose to avail of it. Kindly stay home if you are feeling unwell or if you have had possible COVID-19 exposure. Vaccines, face masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged. Let's continue to keep each other safe.

If you require any special accommodations or assistance, please let us know by filling out the accommodation question when you register or email us at [email protected].

This event will be photographed and video recorded for archival and promotional purposes. By attending this event, you consent to the potential of your image being shared publicly through APICC's channels.