Almost every day new series, movies and documentaries are released on Netflix. One of the last to arrive has been “Makanai: the cook of the maiko“, a miniseries signed by Hirokazu Koreeda, the author of the acclaimed “A family affair”a film that won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. Don’t expect Netflix to show it to you as a suggestion because it’s one of those bets that seem to be swept under the rug but are true gems to discover .
“Makanai: the cook of the maiko”, the Netflix gastronomic miniseries
The series is based on Aiko Koyama’s bestselling comic ‘Maiko-san chi no Makanai-san’, which has sold more than 1.8 million copies and is set in Kyoto, Japan. It centers on Kiyo and Sumire, two friends who travel to Gion, Kyoto’s most important hanamachi or geisha quarter, to become maiko, geisha apprentices. But Kiyo ends up becoming ‘makanai’ (the cook) of the house.
Oysters battered and fried in tempura, rice with eggs, Kyoto-style udon, pudding, eggplant in soy sauce… Just watching the trailer gives us an idea of how important food is in this project by Hirokazu Koreeda for Netflix. The series is a gastronomic trip through Japan with which we have a crazy desire to travel to Japan country. Each chapter focuses on a dish and the filmmaker shows us not only Kyoto but also its gastronomy, and he does so with beautiful close-ups of Japanese cuisine that we would take a bite without thinking.
We warn you, it is a great series but, spoileryou are going to get very hungry with each chapter and an incredible desire for Japan to be the destination chosen for the holidays this year.