Noren, a curtain of a shop 2
This white cloth is a Noren, hang at the entrance of Japanese restaurant, showing people outside that the shop is open now.
By the way, the mixture of the Chinese character and the illustration says, a bird, Tori(鳥) in Japanese. The shape of this character derives from the shape of some bird.
Only one Chinese character can have a specific meaning, quite unlike the alphabet. But it is rather hard to learn the characters. Because there are a lot of characters, compared with the alphabet. The alphabet is only 26 but Chinese characters, used in Japanese newspaper, are said to be more than 3,000.
I think it is hard for foreigners to learn Japanese partly because of a lot of Chinese characters.
We have learned about 1,000 characters in 6 years of elementary school and other 1,000 in 3 years of junior high school. So take it easy!!