The Minimalist Beauty of Japanese Restaurant Curtains

Saturday August 04, 2018 Written by Smith

In Japan, shops and restaurants often hang decorative curtains called noren over their doorways. They serve two purposes: 1) they keep the elements out, and 2) their cute illustrations tell people what kinds of products they can buy inside.

Photographer Anisa Kazemi lives in Higashiawakura – a small village in northern Okayama. As a food blogger, she’s no stranger to the colourful curtains that advertise the town’s many places to eat. She recently decided to focus her camera on the noren, instead of the food being served behind them. We think their enough to whet anyone’s appetite – though it helps if you have an appreciation for Japanese minimalism and textiles. You can see the whole series here.