The Makanai

The Goggler Podcast #324: The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House

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Today, on The Goggler Podcast, Bahir and Uma watch and review The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House, the brand new Netflix series by the Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda.

The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House is now streaming on Netflix.

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. The series is based on Maiko in Kyoto: From the Maiko House, a popular comic by Aiko Koyama first serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday from 2016. 

The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House was directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda and stars Nana Mori and Natsuki Deguchi.

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