Noren - Beautiful Japanese Curtains

Traditional Japanese Beauty - 1

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Japanese noren (暖簾) curtains are used in a number of ways: At the entrance to shops and restaurants, public baths and onsen, and as room dividers. Most noren you see are machine-made and tacky, but some are so beautiful they will take your breath away. Just do an image search on Google or Pinterest and you'll see what I mean! You will most likely find the nicer ones in more traditional towns and cities like Kyoto or Kamakura. Keep your eyes open and your camera handy as you walk around Japan. See if you can find some really nice ones and start a collection of noren photos. Noren make great souvenirs, too!

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: