[EVENT INFO] "Setsubun・Shiba Inu Festival" (February 13-14, 2021)

Setsubun Shiba Inu Festival Promotional Image
Registration for this event is closed as of 5:00pm Friday, February 12th.
This event will be indoors, so despite extremely cold temperatures and forecasted snow, the event will be held as planned.

From February 13th to the 14th, the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver, Japan America Society of Colorado (JASC) and Japan America Society of Southern Colorado (JASSC) will cohost the “Setsubun・Shiba Inu Festival” at the Stanley Marketplace. This is the second Shibainu Festival, and in accordance with the Setsubun tradition, the theme is “Covid (Demons) OUT and Dogs (Fortune) IN.”

With the rise in popularity of Japanese dog breeds overseas and Colorado being one of the most dog-friendly states in the U.S., we hope this event will increase awareness and promote grassroots–level understanding about Japan, as well as further strengthen the friendly relationship between Japan and the U.S. 

     Location: Stanley Marketplace (2501 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010)
     Date & Time: Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, 2021 11:00-16:00
     Admission: Free (Advance registration is required)
     Registration Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021 by 17:00

To register, please email the following details to Whitnee Walker-Giles in PR & Cultural Affairs. Registration confirmation will be sent within two business days.

     1. Preferred date(s)
     2. Owner’s full name
     3. Owner’s cellphone number
     4. Number of people attending (including the owner)
     5. Dog’s name, breed, and gender
     6. Dog’s harness size (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL)

Masks and gloves are required. We will allocate time slots throughout each day for the above dates. Only one dog family is allowed per slot.

To download the flyer, click here.

[Reference Note] Setsubun marks the start of the spring season according to the old Japanese lunar calendar. This year, it falls on February 2nd. People throw/scatter dry beans while shouting “Demons Out! Fortune In!” to drive away evil and attract good luck. Then, they eat the number of beans equal to their age to wish for good health, and also a lucky sushi roll called Ehou-maki (恵方巻).