Art of Noren in Katsuyama, Maniwa City

Howdy? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would to introduce beautiful noren in Katsuyama.


Art of Noren in Katsuyama, Maniwa City

Katsuyama is in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture. It has a popular sightseeing spot called Historical Katsuyama Town Conservation Area just like Kurashiki Bikan Quarter where traditional houses and buildings are preserved with efforts. On top of that, Katsuyama is known for its noren production.


What is Noren?

Well, noren is the cloth hung between rooms. It can be seen at store entrance as well like in a photo below. This is a kominka Cafe Meijiya that we previously featured. It definitely adds a store something anyhow, doesn’t it? What’s interesting about this area in Katuyama is that almost every store/house has a noren at the entrance with a different design. OK, let’s go take a look.


Noren Gallery

You may expect traditional designs? Sure thing. However, There are a lot of modern designs as well. It’s quite a view to see all these on the same street!


Post office.






Another car design.

Alright. Let’s call it a day.



NameKatsuyama Preserved Area (勝山・町並み保存地区)

Katsuyama, Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture

*Free parking is available.



How do you find it? A lovely cafe called Kapibara Coffee is right on this main street. Please check this out as well. We loved it.

See you around!

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1 Response

  1. ᐃᓄᒃ says:

    Some of these are really intriguing. But I need to know: Are thee a lot of human-gopher hybrids hanging out in this place?

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