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Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san


Alt Names: alt 舞妓さんちのまかないさんalt The caterer at the Maiko Manor
Author: Koyama Aiko
Artist: Koyama Aiko
Genres: Cooking CookingShounen ShounenSlice of Life Slice of Life
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Within the winding streets of Kyoto's geisha district, there lives a 16 year old girl named Kiyo. After failing to become a Maiko, an apprentice traditional Japanese performer, Kiyo works as the caterer for her troupe. This is the story of her daily life.
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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Ch.31: A Cozy Lunchtime
/a/nonymous Aranea A week ago
Ch.30: White Dove
/a/nonymous Aranea 2 weeks ago
Ch.29: Opening Ceremony
/a/nonymous Aranea 3 weeks ago
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176 Comments

If the house is so cold, why does Kiyo wear shorts and no socks? I feel like she wouldn't need the hot water bottle if she wore pants in winter.

I don't know about the no socks part because my feet get really cold, but as for wearing shorts, when you cook a lot in a place that doesn't have great ventilation (or in general), it heats up very quickly, especially with open flames. So while the prep portion of her cooking may result in her being cold, unless it's physically laborious, when she actually cooks, it gets quite warm.

Hayashi Rice

 

This is the first japanese meal that I think I would actually like

If the house is so cold, why does Kiyo wear shorts and no socks? I feel like she wouldn't need the hot water bottle if she wore pants in winter.

kiyo is half canada, cold like that is nothing to her

Kiyo is the goodest of good girls

If the house is so cold, why does Kiyo wear shorts and no socks? I feel like she wouldn't need the hot water bottle if she wore pants in winter.

Kiyo is the goddess of that House

So apparently the way to a maikos heart is also through her stomach.

Fun fact of life: The way to everybodys heart is through their stomach.

YOU SEE WHAT I MEANT

THEY'RE JUST LIKE NEWLYWEDS DAMN IT

((I'm gonna get diabetes from all these cuteness but eh, WORTH IT))

Compulsory education in Japan is from the age of six through fifteen, if Wikipedia is to be believed.

So, until middle school graduation.

We are just so used to the high-school setting in manga and anime, that we don't know that. That, and projecting our own culture and it's standards to a another, wholly different culture.

Thank you for the clarification. I've read references to 'compulsory education' ending with middle school in Japan, but it is quite a departure from the image I've picked up of Japanese adolescents being super-competitive about getting into the right schools and going to college, etc., so it's hard to keep that in my mind.

I like it when Kiyo looks all determined.

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WIFE.

No she should be at school studying, you know like every other 16 years old does? Also there have been 3 instances in the manga that show pretty blatantly she doesn't get payed, so what job are you talking about again?
Are ppl honestly defending the situation she is in? Lmao.

 

I'm curious about why the maiko don't disturb you but the cook does?  Because she's not schooling (in dance, music, ect.?)?  The maiko also work, and some might argue their jobs are much more exhausting.

 

16 seems like a fine time for some kids to start working, particularly in Japan where personal responsibility is valued early.  It's not terribly uncommon.  I'm sure if studies on the topic deemed it that detrimental to their social welfare something might be done about it? 

In the US, it's not unusual for students to graduate only a year later at 17 and seek work with or without school.  Some may take on volunteer work.  If the young person understands what they are getting into and better, enjoys their work, it seems odd to think of it as unethical. I personally think it's better than filling one's day with classes that may be forgotten and less beneficial to one's future. 

at what point does i imply whether or not shes getting paid for this job


I know I shouldn't be encouraging this discussion, but I believe he's talking about the few times Mother gave Kiyo "allowance". Which is silly, because that only implies that the money was not given directly to her. She's only 16, so I'd imagine just giving her the money would not be the best decision. It's probably being saved up in a bank account somewhere for her, or being sent back to Granny.

Also why are we even talking about this? The manga itself never brought it into focus, so it's definitely not something relevant to the story..

so sweet, both of them feels like newlywed couples

So apparently the way to a maikos heart is also through her stomach.

It's funny how Suu thinks that Kiyo resents not being able to become a Maiko and is taking the burden upon her shoulders to become number 1 while Kiyo is like " hot damn im gunna get me some curry "

I love their friendship! :')

No she should be at school studying, you know like every other 16 years old does?


Compulsory education in Japan is from the age of six through fifteen, if Wikipedia is to be believed.

So, until middle school graduation.

We are just so used to the high-school setting in manga and anime, that we don't know that. That, and projecting our own culture and it's standards to a another, wholly different culture.

No she should be at school studying, you know like every other 16 years old does? Also there have been 3 instances in the manga that show pretty blatantly she doesn't get payed, so what job are you talking about again?
Are ppl honestly defending the situation she is in? Lmao.

at what point does i imply whether or not shes getting paid for this job

Should she be training to work in a cubicle like every other Japanese? This seems like a fine use of her time to me. She's got a job she likes and is good at and is around friends all the time.

No she should be at school studying, you know like every other 16 years old does? Also there have been 3 instances in the manga that show pretty blatantly she doesn't get payed, so what job are you talking about again?
Are ppl honestly defending the situation she is in? Lmao.

I hope this gets animated someday and by a good studio at that. The art already, while bit simplistic in style, is absolutely stunning and especially portrays the geisha/maiko makeup really well. Done by any decent dedicated team, it would be a treat for ages to see this gem in motion.

And most definitely would be one of those shows, that would be hell to watch even slightly peckish.

Am i the only one that finds this whole manga disturbing?
She is a 16 year old kid for god sake, how can a 16 year old waste the most important time of her life that will decide her future cooking for kids her own age that are themselves studying for their careers? Like...wtf O_o?
How can the adults there or her family think that's ok? She should be at school studying for her future? She had a dream she failed her dream, so go back to school so you can actually have a job when you get older?
And the most baffling thing is her friend Sumire. So let me get this straight, the whole manga revolves around the friendship they both have, and it's shown Sumire likes her pretty much like family, but she can't be bothered to tell Kiyo what she is doing is completely wrong and could ruin her life?
Not to even talk about her "Mother", she pretty much nulls any chance Kiyo had to be what she dreamed off, and then she agrees to have a sixteen fucking years old kid waste her teen years cooking for her, what?!
And this is supposed to be a fuwa fuwa manga?!?! Am i missing something here?


She is doing a job she likes while supporting the people she likes

Japanese compulsory education ends at Middle School so she has no other obligations to return to schooling when she already has a job

Good Education doesn't mean you magically get a job. Why quit the good and fun job she has now to go back to school and be forced to do the dreaded job search for a random job she might not even enjoy?

Cultural differences... wooooooooooooooo.

 

Many of the highest literacy rate countries in the world have a minimum legal leaving age of 15-16 so it's not even a Japanese exclusive thing to see kids that age leaving education and going straight into employment. You can join the military at that age in a fair few of them as well. 

 

Then there is just the general attitude to work. Someone has to do the job so why look down on those that are willing to do it? 

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Should she be training to work in a cubicle like every other Japanese? This seems like a fine use of her time to me. She's got a job she likes and is good at and is around friends all the time.

Cultural differences... wooooooooooooooo.

 I read the first few chapters to try and see what that guy was going on about as well. And  i was just about to say the same thing. Japan is a VERY weird place in many people's eyes and to be fair? The school system in Japan is fucking brutal...


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