The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House | Official Trailer | Netflix

Set in the geisha district of Kyoto, this series follows Sumire, a maiko (apprentice geisha) and Kiyo, a cook at the maiko house where they live, and tells a story of their daily lives through delicious food.
Showrunner Hirokazu Kore-eda, producer Genki Kawamura and a star-studded cast including Nana Mori and Natsuki Deguchi team up for this drama adaptation of the mega-hit comic that has sold over 2.7 million copies!

The Netflix Series “The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House” starts streaming worldwide from January 12, 2023, only on Netflix.
Based on the original graphic novel “MAIKO-SAN CHI NO MAKANAI-SAN” by Aiko Koyama (published in Weekly Shonen Sunday by Shogakukan Inc.)

Cast: Nana Mori, Natsuki Deguchi
Aju Makita, Kairi Jyo, Momoko Fukuchi, Kotoko Wakayanagi, Kotona Minami
Lily Franky, Yukiya Kitamura, Toshinori Omi, Kanji Furutachi, Keiko Toda, Kayoko Shiraishi / Keiko Matsuzaka, Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Arata Iura, Takako Tokiwa

Showrunner: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Produced by: Genki Kawamura
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Megumi Tsuno Hiroshi Okuyama Takuma Sato
Screenplay: Hirokazu Kore-eda Mami Sunada Megumi Tsuno Hiroshi Okuyama Takuma Sato

Cinematography: Ryuto Kondo
Lighting: Eiji Oshita
Audio: Kazuhiko Tomita
Art Direction: Yohei Taneda
Set Decoration: Takuma Sakai
Costume Design: Sacico Ito
Hair and Makeup Design: Katsuhiko Yuhmi
Food Stylist: Nami Iijima
Music: Yoko Kanno

© Aiko Koyama, Shogakukan / STORY inc.
Production Company: STORY inc., BUN-BUKU Inc.


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The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House | Official Trailer | Netflix

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Two inseparable friends move to Kyoto to chase their dreams of becoming maiko, but decide to pursue different passions while living under the same roof.

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  1. Such a sweet series. All the characters are charming. The returning maiko makes me nervous cause she talks too much. It must take a lot of energy to play her. The friendship of the rwo girls is really heart warming.

  2. It was nice to watch. It was so relaxing to watch that series.
    I really like it.
    Cute, warmhearted, calm and i was always hungry after one episode. The foods looks so amazing.

  3. I'm watching it now. It's so heartwarming and love a film with attitude, no kissing, no sex scene, polite language and fall in love instantly with japanese cooking abd landscape.

  4. what a wholesome show… watching this was good for the soul

    refreshing, light, warm: words that come to mind

    Perverted Hollywood could learn alot from Korean and Japanese Films/TV Shows… a breath of FRESH air

  5. This is a manga to live film adaptation done right.

    Each episode is thoughtfully planned, shot and produced, intimate yet not intrusive, so peaceful and went beyond typical slice-of-life tropes.

  6. I've read the manga, easily recognize this movie adaptations when hear the name Chiyo. Love the story where I can enjoy a show without warning of inappropriate contents.

  7. This gives the same vibes as Our Little Sister combined with Little Forest. Slice of life story that perfectly balanced showing the characters and featuring the cooking/food.
    Heartwarming, wholesome, and beautifully created.

  8. This show is so beautiful, gentle, and heartwarming. I loved the manga and anime, "Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House", and this live-action version did both justice. I love horror, gritty dramas, and adult comedies too, but it does make a refreshing change to watch something so peaceful.

  9. So refreshing to see a show like this nowadays. Just a wholesome story about food, friendship and coming of age. Great to watch after a long day of work

  10. I have always been interested in the wonders of Japan( natural sceneries, food, temples and culture). Watching this show has made me more determined to visit Japan someday and perhaps enjoy perfomances by geishas. It is great that they still preserve the tradition of geishas. I feel like Ryoko at times but do try to look on the brighter side 🙂 I am surprised that Tsurukoma decided to leave the yukata, I thought she was doing fine all along.

  11. I am really impressed with the cinematography. The shot, the tone, the light, the contrast, the landscape, everything feel warm and beautiful.
    Love it.
    The story is so light yet bring so much positive and emotional vibe.
    I cried when watching this series.


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