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The drama showcases Japanese culture, like the roles of the Maiko and life inside their house. Traditional Japanese meals and cooking are featured. In the English subtitles, Japanese words are used, like "okini" which means "thank you." Maiko customs are shown, like how to formally address elders with humility.
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Positive Role Models
Kiyo and Sumire go after their dreams. They gracefully accept changes in the plan. They show gratitude. They're willing to learn.
The show is conveyed in Japanese language with subtitles in English and other languages available. In English, Japanese words are used throughout, such as "maiko" and "okini". Japanese foods are prepared. Japanese customs are celebrated, like redecorating the home at the height of summer.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are some references to drinking, like "Is there beer in the fridge? I could use a beer right now." In one scene, adults are having drinks in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House is a nine-part drama series on Netflix. It is created by award-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda, who is known for his work on Shoplifters. The drama surrounds best friends Kiyo and Sumire, teenage girls who leave home with dreams of becoming geishas. They move to Kyoto to live as maikos -- geishas in training -- and in the process, learn lessons about friendship, family, and dreams deferred. There are some references to drinking beer and scenes featuring adults in a bar. But the focus on food and friendship make this appropriate for young teens through adults and shines a beautiful light on Japanese culture.
Is It Any Good?
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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