Horyu-ji Temple, Nara Prefecture, Japan

Horyuji Shrine, Japan (法隆寺 光と風) Japan's slowly turning into a country I just have to visit!

I have long noticed and wondered about the "banners" that hang, most noticeably to me, in Japanese restaurants, both outside & at the entrance to a kitchen. It appears they are called "noren" & their practicable use is as a room divider anywhere, not just for shops or places one cooks, though at the entrance to a kitchen is usually to contain smells & smoke. I am all the more inspired & would love to make one for the entrance to my kitchen! Maybe a pattern or painting w/ some kanji or…

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.

Ippodo Tea, Kyoto, Japan with white noren curtain sign for summer 一保堂茶舗

Ippodo Tea shop / tea rooms, Kyoto, Japan — with white noren curtain sign for summer 一保堂茶舗

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