舞妓さんちのまかないさん・Kiyo in Kyoto 👘 Reading Club

Welcome to the 舞妓さんちのまかないさん reading club!

The Beginner Book Club read through volume one of this series.

This offshoot reading club is to continue reading this ongoing series together through scheduled reading. This series has many volumes, so there’s a lot of material to read!

What is this series?

Summary

This is a geisha district in the middle of Kyoto. Maiko comes home after working late at night, and lives in a shared-house called a yakata. Kiyo, a 16-year-old girl who prepares daily meals for the maiko at a certain house as a makanai-san. There is an unexpected reason why she became a makanai-san.

A warm human pattern is drawn through the backstage of the gorgeous entertainment district and the meal of an ordinary day. (translated from amazon.co.jp)

Kiyo Nozuki and Sumire Herai are childhood friends who share a common desire to become maikos—apprentice geishas. When they join a maiko house, Kiyo is deemed unfit to be a maiko and ends up employed as a live-in cook. (From MAL)

Where can I buy it?

Online shopping options

Discussion Threads

Vocabulary Lists

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Chapters seem to be 12 pages each consistently. However, some chapters are heavy on text, and there’s the dialect on top of that.

How many chapters per week would you prefer?
  • One chapter per week.
  • Two chapters per week.
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I will give a little more weight to “one chapter per week”, regardless of which gets more votes, so please freely select which options you feel comfortable with, especially if you have difficulty with the dialect or are in other book clubs.

Do you already have a copy of volume 2?
  • Yes, I already have a copy of volume 2.
  • No, but I plan to buy digitally.
  • No, but I plan to buy from a physical store.
  • No, but I plan to buy a physical copy online.
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This series is not 試し読み-friendly! The preview for volume 2 only has five pages of content.

That means we must wait for everyone buying a physical copy to have it in hand unless some readers don’t mind catching up after their physical copies arrive.

What are your preferred start dates for volume 2?
  • December 4th
  • December 11
  • December 18
  • December 25
  • January 2
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Thanks for taking over @ChristopherFritz !
I’m going to read at my own pace but might join in the discussion. Especially hoping for @Belthazar and @TobiasW or anyone to post more pictures of the real life places they recognize from the manga :smiley: (by the way do we have a thread for that? if we don’t, I feel like we should!)

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I do it every chapter for the Yuru Camp spin-off club. :slightly_smiling_face:

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I just noticed I was looking at November’s dates when I did the poll for December start dates… Well, just mentally shift those numbers back a few days and they’ll be accurate!

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Looks like we’ll start volume 2 in one more week!

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Volume 2 begins!

All posts for volume 2 will be in a single thread.

We’re starting at one chapter per week for this volume, and then we can reassess on a later volume if we want to pick up the pace any.

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Have you had your eye on joining this series but don’t know if you want to commit to buying?

The first six volumes are free to read for a limited time of the next two weeks.

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I promise to join in soon, just getting caught up. But maybe if I post this, I will feel the pressure to get caught up sooner.

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When are we likely to start volume 3? Just trying to do some planning as going overseas next week.

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Offshoot clubs typically go from volume to volume without a break in-between, so I expect to post volume 3’s thread later today to begin this week.

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Volume 3 is now up:

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It actually makes me feel so sad when in the manga they go outside or just open their curtains, and the streets are full of people, tourists presumably, immediately surrounding them and taking pictures of them :confused:

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Volume 4 is live:

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