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'Noren' Curtains - Machiya House Features

Colorful ‘noren’ entrance curtain hang in front of our traditional Japanese homes. Do you have something similar in your country?


The word “noren” first appeared during the Kamakura period (1185-1333) alongside Zen Buddhism. Originally, ‘noren’ meant a warm + bamboo curtain. Bamboo screens covered with a cotton cloth hung over the entrance to Zen
halls to protect them from the winter cold.


As time went on, the noren came to be attached to the eaves of stores as a sunshade or screens. When the noren was put up, it was used to let people know that a store was open for business. It also came to serve as a sign with
the store’s name and family crest dyed on it.


Pictured is the noren curtain at ‘Hatoba-an’ Machiya House in Kyoto City, Japan.

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