Tuesday, October 10, 2006


This is an entrance of Japanese restaurant.
A white cloth, called noren, is hung on the top of the entrance.

When you can see a noren from outside, a restaurant is open. But when you cannot see it, this is closed.

A noren is hung only on the top of sliding door of Japanese traditional restaurant. This is hung on for taking a small pause before entering inside. This small pause is called "ma" in Japanese.


At 12:33 AM, Blogger Jing said...

Um..This "noren" (is that the pronunciation in Japanese?)reminds me a kind of door curtain.I dont use that.
But I know in the old times in China, many families used a kind of door curtains, which were made of the strings of beads. Maybe they had the same function??I dont know...just guess.

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Pod said...

hi macky! i just returned from tokyo. i loved it! so i am very interested to see your photos. i am posting some photos that i took on my blog over the next week or so if you want to have a look. cheers!

At 7:29 PM, Blogger macky said...

jing: Yes, noren is Japanese word. I guess it has the same function but don't know exactly, too.
pod: hello! It is very cool! How about your trip in Tokyo? I hope it was nice:-)

At 7:06 AM, Anonymous pod said...

yeah i had a great trip. i loved it! am posting some photos now!


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