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The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House

By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Japanese culture, friendship on display in beautiful series.

TV Netflix Drama 2023
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Beautiful cinematography brings this beautiful story of friendship, culture and the pursuit of dreams to life. The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House captures viewers from the beginning with its artistic shots of Japan and its tasteful depictions of Japanese culture. The friendship between Kiyo and Sumire is endearing and relatable, even as it changes throughout the series. Though the plot moves somewhat slowly, there is much to take in as the show illustrates everyday life. Be warned: don't watch while hungry, as the images of food are sure to delight.

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