Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House

Alt title: Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san

TV (12 eps)
2021 - 2022
Winter 2021
3.474 out of 5 from 206 votes
Rank #5,629
Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House

Kiyo and Sumire came to Kyoto from Aomori Prefecture, dreaming of becoming maiko. But after an unexpected turn of events, Kiyo starts working as the live-in cook at the Maiko House. Their story unfolds in Kagai, the Geiko and maiko district in Kyoto, alongside their housemate maikos. Kiyo nourishes them daily with her homecooked meals, and Sumire strives toward her promising future as the once-in-a-century maiko.

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Kiyo and Sumire \ Menu for a Special Day \ Secret Supper Plan \

Episode 1

Kiyo and Sumire \ Menu for a Special Day \ Secret Supper Plan \

For Sleepless Nights \ Some Things Will Always Be \ Snowy Day Reminiscence

Episode 2

For Sleepless Nights \ Some Things Will Always Be \ Snowy Day Reminiscence

Kiyo Arrives in Kyoto (Part 1) \ Kiyo Arrives in Kyoto (Part 2) \ An Apprentice Maiko’s Morning

Episode 3

Kiyo Arrives in Kyoto (Part 1) \ Kiyo Arrives in Kyoto (Part 2) \ An Apprentice Maiko’s Morning

What I Want to Eat \ A Senior Apprentice’s Evening \ Debut Day

Episode 4

What I Want to Eat \ A Senior Apprentice’s Evening \ Debut Day

A Day in Kiyo's Life / Homemade Curry / Snowy Morning

Episode 5

A Day in Kiyo's Life / Homemade Curry / Snowy Morning

Waiting for a Letter / Christmas in Kagai / New Year’s Eve in Kagai

Episode 6

Waiting for a Letter / Christmas in Kagai / New Year’s Eve in Kagai

First Day Home / New Year's Shrine Visit / Back to Kyoto

Episode 7

First Day Home / New Year's Shrine Visit / Back to Kyoto

First Day of Work / Opening Ceremony / White Dove

Episode 8

First Day of Work / Opening Ceremony / White Dove

Something Warm for Lunch \ When You Have a Cold...\ Making Greeting Rounds

Episode 9

Something Warm for Lunch \ When You Have a Cold...\ Making Greeting Rounds

Night for Extra Effort \ Bean Throwing for Everyone \ Drink for an Energy Boost

Episode 10

Night for Extra Effort \ Bean Throwing for Everyone \ Drink for an Energy Boost

A Meal Request \ Maiko Sisters Giving Their All \ Kiyo, Same as Always

Episode 11

A Meal Request \ Maiko Sisters Giving Their All \ Kiyo, Same as Always

Sumire’s Day Off (Part One) \ Sumire’s Day Off (Part Two) \

Episode 12

Sumire’s Day Off (Part One) \ Sumire’s Day Off (Part Two) \

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krofire
9

J.C.Staff’s delightful slice-of-life anime was initially familiar in the English-speaking world as it was broadcast on NHK World. It is not hard to see why as it is such a fantastic advert for Japan and its culture. (It was also noteworthy that its release schedule was drawn out over a very long period with the first showing in February 2021 and the last in January 2022. This made pretty frustrating viewing for those of use following along at the time – but that is all history now so you can sit back and stream this little gem from end to end without stopping.) The idea here is a simple one: the show revolves around Japanese Maiko and cooking culture. The two come together in the shape of two young girls working in a Kyoto Maiko House: Kiyo and Sumire. They have been friends since childhood and both moved to Kyoto to become Maiko (trainee Geisha). Unfortunately, Kiyo wasn’t very good and was on the brink of being sent back home before the opportunity arose for her to work as house cook. Sumire on the other hand is an extremely talented Maiko. For those of us outside of Japanese culture this is all quite cute, entertaining and eye-opening. Probably the Maiko-way of working is probably not well understood much in Japan itself. Either way this works magnificently. If you wish to learn, and have fun on the way, then this is the show for you. Regardless of its high-cultural content this is neither pretentious nor dull. Each episode is broken down into three segments that revolve around life in the Maiko-house. Each segment has a specific food-related theme which the girls discuss in their “Dish of the Day” section. Whether you like it or not you will learn a great deal from these girls and their discussions are highly factual. As for life in the Maiko house, this is not going to yield much in the way of drama but the entertainment value comes much from the friendships between the girls and their experience of the Maiko way of life. What is so beautiful about this is how human the girls are portrayed. That may seem like a strange thing to say but our image of the Maiko/Geisha is of highly ornamental painted China dolls. The show portrays them just as ordinary young ladies who, despite their professional demeanour, think about nothing other than going out for ice-cream or enjoying fast-food. When working their lives are highly restricted and they have little freedom. Yet on their occasional day off they can (literally) let their hair down and go out and do all the things girls like to do. “Kiyo in Kyoto” is probably one of the gentlest and most wholesome of shows out of Japan that you could ever wish to see. It is just like one long advert for everything truly wonderful about that nation. A back massage you would enjoy to the sound a waves crashing on a beach. Give this one some of your time. You won’t regret it. Perfection.

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