Noren are traditional fabric curtains that play an important role in Japanese history and culture. These curtains date back to the Jomon era of Japan, which stretched from 12,000 BCE to 300 BCE.
In ancient times, the Noren were used to protect temples and residences from external elements like dust, rain, and sunlight. They also provided a sense of privacy both in the home and in Japan's public bathhouses. Today the Noren play both a functional and aesthetic role in Japanese homes and businesses.
by Japanese_Culture July 24, 2011