Aug 9, 2008

Noren





Noren is a traditional Japanese fabric partition that is hung between rooms or outside an entrance. Noren is used for separation and protection from sun, wind and dust. But it also has other functions.

You might see noren used as a store signboard at the front of a Japanese restaurant. The noren will be printed with the restaurant’s name, trademark and/or type of food served (sushi, noodle & etc.).

Noren also shows the symbol for a store/company printed with its name and logo.

Noren” can indicate business terms.

Noren-wake: “Wake” means divide, split and part. A famous Japanese restaurant has many chefs. If one of the chefs wants to open his own restaurant using the famous restaurant’s name, he must receive approval from the owner or the top chef. This means that two restaurants are formed with the same name and food. This is a rare occurrence. If you encounter a noren-wake restaurant, the food will probably be excellent.

Noren-wo-uru: “Uru” means selling. Noren-wo-uru means that the original business has been sold to a new owner.

Noren-wo-yogosu: “Yogosu” means make it dirty. If a store makes a mistake, it will have a bad image. In that case, we say “noren-wo-yogosu”. Noren is the store’s face.

A Japanese restaurant hangs the noren just before opening and then takes it down at closing. If you visit a Japanese restaurant around 3 PM, they might not have the noren hanging out. This means that food is being prepared.

Perhaps now you can understand the importance of noren!



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mecamo said...

oh, how interesting.
i have sewed one noren for my appartment and wrote "just" a japanese poem one it, ups. i didn't know, that it is for business/restaurants. thanks for sharing these such good information about traditional japanese culture :-)

Yutaka said...

All,

Thank you very much for your comments.

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