In this year’s joint 36th and 37th release of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine, it was announced that Aiko Koyama’s beloved manga, “Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san” (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge), will be taking a hiatus and is set to return in the magazine’s 41st issue this September.
The captivating tale unfolds in Kyoto’s enchanting “hanamachi” geisha quarter, where geisha retire to a lodge after their late-night endeavors, preparing for the day ahead.
At the heart of the story is Kiyo, a young cook from Aomori, who finds herself working in a geisha lodge in Kyoto after completing junior high and leaving home. Her dear friend, Sumire, is an aspiring maiko, or apprentice geisha.
Since its launch in December 2016 in Weekly Shonen Sunday, the manga has earned immense popularity. Notably, it received the prestigious Best Shōnen Manga award at the 65th Shogakukan Manga Awards in January 2020. The manga’s 23rd volume was published on May 12, with the 24th volume set to release on September 12.
The manga’s charm has not only translated to an anime adaptation titled “Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House,” which premiered on NHK World in February 2021, but it also spurred a live-action series called “The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House,” globally available on Netflix since January 12.
Truly, “Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san” has woven a captivating narrative that continues to captivate audiences worldwide, eagerly awaiting its triumphant return in September.
Source | Weekly Shonen Sunday combined issue 36/37