What is this curtain?
Have you ever seen a curtain hanging at an entrance? That is called “Noren” in Japanese.
The Kanji, 暖簾, written on the curtain means “warm curtain”. This is the origin of Noren, and people in Japan used it to shade the sun in summer, and to keep their place warm in winter. Over time, these curtains started being used at the entrance to stores, and have become a sort of ‘flag’ for them. You can see them everywhere in Japan.
Let’s find a variety of Noren in Japan!
I’m going to show you different types of Noren that I found in Japan.
Noren are often designed according to a shop’s image and interior.
During the Edo period (1603~1867), noren at sushi shops were said to signify how good their sushi is. The dirtier it is, the more authentic!
Customers would wipe their fingers on the curtain when they left after eating, because at that time wet towels were not commonly offered. Sushi used to be fast-food, so people would often stand and quickly eat.
Today, people don’t wipe their fingers on the noren, but it’s interesting how the success of old edo shushi shops were dependent on how dirty their noren was.
At Japanese public baths, noren is often used to distinguish male and female baths.
Noren is a great decoration for your own home.
Noren plays the role as a signboard or flag at shops in Japan, and is often used to decoration interiors as well. There are many different types in various colors and shapes. Noren can be used as partitions, and can be used in your own home.
Why not get one as a decoration for your home? It’s fun to choose a favorite noren from a variety of materials and sizes, or even make your own!