A noren is a traditional divided curtain hung across the entrance of a shop or restaurant. During the Edo period, customers would wipe their hands on the curtain as they exited a restaurant, so a dirty noren was the sign of a popular business.
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A Japanese curtain - Noren - The word noren usually refers to split curtains hung in front of a shop. It was once used to keep out the sun and dust but now it has many other uses, such as space dividers or decorations.