舞妓さんちのまかないさん・Kiyo in Kyoto 👘 (Beginner Book Club) - Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the 舞妓さんちのまかないさん・Kiyo in Kyoto :kimono: Book Club!

Week 2 7th of October 2023
Start Page 22
End Page 36
Chapters Chapter 1, second half
Pages 16
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舞妓さんちのまかないさん Volume 1 Vocabulary Sheet

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Proper Nouns

Feel free to add to this as new characters / places get introduced throughout the book.


Name Reading Notes
キヨ きよ Main character


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Food spoilers

I feel like this needs a spoiler as I had no idea what she was making and was surprised when she revealed what she’d made. If you couldn’t follow the recipe in the pictures, here’s an explanation how to make. Also explains to me why step 2 on page 35 says to boil down until at the “desired colour”.

Pan Pudding (Japanese Milk Bread Pudding) • Just One Cookbook


Not too hard this week thankfully (not too much dialogue, haha). Will go through again when the vocab sheet gets updated maybe… definitely a few spots I had to “get the gist” instead of fully understanding, still, but at least I didn’t get lost


Didn’t know this before either and was a bit confused why she really wanted to eat bread haha, but then when I saw it being made I could see what it was. Looks pretty similar to French Toast (pain perdu in French), which I personally find delicious!


It’s still taking me a while to get the hang of the Kansai dialect. I think this book was a great choice because of that, though! I can’t believe I am just learning that うち can be used as a first-person singular pronoun…That definitely made my first read through very confusing (I was like “my family’s what…?”)

The art style is also sooo lovely. The detail in some of the panels is so eye-catching.

For me, I think it was when reading 「俺物語!!」 that I first encountered this usage.


It seems to be based on British bread pudding (Link), which is delicious by the way, but slightly adjusted to be more like Japanese pudding?


I think so, but a bit more custardy which is why it tastes like プリン. If you don’t know how to make :custard: then you need to watch this video:


That was my thought. Took me back to my childhood (in England, not japan)


I don’t think she was expecting Kiyo to make something, she literally just wanted a slice of bread. Possibly toasted. Maybe buttered.


oh dear god… I really might have bitten off more than I can chew with this book :face_with_spiral_eyes:
as if the 関西弁 wasn’t giving me enough struggles already now we get a full page of handwritten text … I will probably just skip that tbh … I’m so bad at handwriting :face_with_spiral_eyes: :face_with_spiral_eyes:
but… other than that… I successfully caught up… or something like that… :see_no_evil: :see_no_evil: :sweat_smile: :see_no_evil:


Honestly I usually skip the handwritten stuff unless I’m in the mood for pain lol


Reading the recipe on the omake page is definitely not required for understanding the plot. :stuck_out_tongue:

That said, it reads as follows:

小山さんちのごはんメモ その1

(though for some reason the dakuten is missing from the デ in the digital version I have)

① パンを切って卵+牛乳+砂糖+バニラエッセンスにひたす。
② カラメルソースを作る。砂糖+水を好みの色になるまで煮つめる。
③ ①に②をかけてオーブンで湯せん焼きする。




Omg :flushed::flushed::heart_eyes::heart_eyes:
Thank you!! :flushed::face_holding_back_tears::face_holding_back_tears:
I‘ll definitely go through that some time this week!! :face_holding_back_tears::face_holding_back_tears:
(Rn I‘ll have to leave for physiotherapy :see_no_evil:)


So, page 26, I just noticed someone’s added ちゃう to the vocab sheet as being a Kansai-ben version of じゃない. To whoever that was, is this the ちゃう that’s in the second panel, 一人で食べてたらみんなも食べたくなっちゃうでしょ? Because that’s just ~てしまう.

Aside from anything else, Kiyo doesn’t use Kansai-ben.


Week 3 is here!


One of my favourite VTubers uses うち as her pronoun, so I’m quite used to it and I instantly like any character who uses it. On the downside, I have to avoid reading the characters in her voice… :laughing:


I picked this to read primarily as a way to cajole a friend into giving WaniKani book clubs a shot (@Youarecool44 :eyes: keeping up with it?) but I enjoyed the first chapter quite a bit! The couple of different tones/atmospheres it moves between from sequence to sequence both seem pleasant and the transitions fun.
Looking like it’ll be one to read in the morning when I’m full instead of at night when I’m hungry…


@rodan - I finished the first weeks reading on time but have fallen behind since… I will make sure to catch up sometime in the next day or so though :smile: I should have the time! From the first weeks read, found the dialectic stuff to be the most interesting and it took me a few pages to get used to, but I think I am getting the hang of it. Totally agree about it being better to read when you’re already full - lest unabated snacking urges consume me :sweat_smile: