What is The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House about?

The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House. Cr: Netflix.
The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House. Cr: Netflix. /
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The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House is a new Japanese drama based on the bestselling manga series. What is the J-drama about?

Netflix is adapting Aiko Koyama’s popular Japanese manga series Kiyo in Kyoto into a nine-episode drama releasing on Friday, Jan. 13. The new series is called The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House and Palme D’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda will serve as the series showrunner, director, and writer, marking his first Netflix production.

This understated, heartfelt J-drama stars Japanese actress and singer Nana Mori as Kiyo and Japanese actress/model Natsuki Deguchi as Sumire.

What is The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House about?

Childhood friends Kiyo and Sumire begin living together in the Geiko district of Kyoto after relocating to become maiko (apprentice geishas). But once they arrive, Kiyo realizes that her true talent lies in her ability to cook and prepare excellent meals. She becomes the main cook at the Maiko House, happily supporting her friend Sumire and the others as they embark on adventures throughout the vibrant district.

Netflix has shared the synopsis, check it below:

"After graduating from junior high school, 16-year-old Kiyo leaves her home of Aomori and heads to Kyoto with her friend Sumire with dreams of becoming a beautiful maiko (apprentice geisha). However, she is told she is not suited to being one. As a tearful Kiyo is about to return to Aomori, her skill for cooking is discovered and she is hired as a makanai, a cook for a house where maiko live together. During this time, Sumire rapidly grows into a beautiful maiko and becomes famous along the streets of the traditional Gion town. The beautiful, fun, and delicious days of a makanai and a maiko start here."

Is The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House based on a manga?

Yes! The series is based on the Japanese manga series Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House, written and illustrated by Aiko Koyama. According to the original Netflix press release, the manga was a massive success, selling over 2.7 million copies and winning the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award.

Watch the official trailer:

All nine episodes of The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House will premiere on Friday, Jan. 13, exclusively on Netflix. Add the series to your Netflix watchlist now.

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