Or is that a straw door?
This is not quite as strange as it might look. Air condition isn't as popular in Japan as it is in some other places, especially with older folks. Therefore even on the hottest summer days, you will see doors and windows wide open to let the breeze in. That's where this screen comes in. Normally it is hung in front of windows and unrolled about half way or more to block out the morning or evening sun while still letting in the breeze. It's a bit more unusual to see one of the screens propped against a door like this, but it is clearly functioning the same purpose, to block on the sun—maybe to give a little privacy too.
That tree hanging over the entrance way is a common sight at more traditional houses. I've never been able to get a straight answer from anyone on the purpose†, but I imagine it is either considered good luck or is just such a part of tradition that it's unthinkable of having a traditional house without one.
†: That is to say, no one seems to know the reason.
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