Hanayome Noren Museum (Bridal Curtain Museum)
Protecting the traditional beauty of a wedding culture passed down over more than 100 years
- Closest station
JR Nanao Line Nanao Station
Around 8 minutes’ walk from JR Nanao Line Nanao Station
Tsu-bu 49, Madashimachi, Nanao City, Ishikawa,
- Opening Hours
9:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30)
New Year’s holiday (29 Dec.-3 Jan.)
periods of display replacement
High school student and adult : 550 yen
Elementary & junior high school student : 250 yen
Group (20 people or more) : 450 yen
Great Stuff to See and Do!
Carefully cherishing the emotions invested in a wedding
The hanayome noren, or “bridal curtain,” is a bridal custom that began in Noto, Kaga, and Etchu in Kaga han (a feudal domain located roughly in modern-day Ishikawa Prefecture), and has been passed down since the mid-19th century. When a couple marry, a noren curtain sent with wishes for the bride’s happiness is hung in the entrance of the Buddhist altar room at the groom’s house, and the bride walks through it.
The Hanayome Noren Museum displays these bridal curtains, which are only used during weddings, so that they can be seen all the time. Around 10 types of bridal curtain, from the Meiji era to the Heisei era (19th century to the present-day), are displayed in the permanent exhibition room.
Experience walking through a bridal curtain in a kimono
Many bridal curtains are made of silk, and are created with the Kaga Yuzen dyeing technique. Throughout the eras, hanayome noren have expressed the wishes for a daughter who is getting married. Enjoy the beauty of this Japanese tradition passed down in this area.
You can also experience walking through a bridal curtain wearing a bride’s white kimono or an uchikake formal kimono. The museum also has crested kimono for men, so you can experience this as a couple! (An advance reservation is required. You should bring your own camera if you would like photos. The museum will help you dress, but you should do you own makeup.)
For more details about the price of the experience and reservations, please check the Hanayome Noren Museum website: http://hanayomenorenkan.jp/en/