Noren are the short curtains that you can usually find at the entrance of restaurants and shops in Japan. They are used to avoid dust from entering the place and as a means of protection from sun and wind. Sometimes they’re divided into different parts so people can enter more easily.

That’s a noren. They are also usually used to advertise the name of the restaurant.

  • tekunoloji

    August 6, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    This is fascinating. I always wondered what those were called. Thanks!

  • jamesmallon

    August 7, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Also remind you to stoop under their stupidly low doorways!