Embracing Uniqueness and Cherishing Moments: A Journey of Personal Growth

My wife and I recently had a conversation about a Netflix series she watched called “Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House.” She was initially drawn to the show because of her love of food and how it’s prepared, but what she discovered went far beyond just a visual feast.

As she shared her experience with me, she rediscovered several valuable life lessons that touched her heart and soul. One of the most important lessons she took away from the series was the power of passion.

Passion is a powerful force that can drive us to accomplish great things and overcome obstacles. The show depicts how the main character, who had no previous experience as a cook, learns to master the art of cooking through sheer determination and love for her craft. 

She pours her heart and soul into every dish she prepares, and her passion shines through in the end product. This lesson reminded my wife and me that when we pursue our passions with passion and dedication, we can achieve great things and find fulfillment in life.

The series also emphasizes the importance of cherishing every moment, which is beautifully captured in the Japanese phrase “ichi-go ichi-e.” This lesson reminded my wife to be present in the moment and to appreciate the uniqueness of each experience. 

In the show, the maiko house hosts many guests, and each meal is treated as a special occasion that should be savored and enjoyed. The main character recognizes the importance of creating a unique experience for each guest and gives her 100% best into every dish she prepares. 

This lesson teaches us to approach each moment with gratitude and to make the most of every opportunity that comes our way.

Another lesson that resonated with my wife was the idea that love doesn’t always have to be directed towards a person. Seeing the main character’s love for her craft and the joy it brought her was a powerful reminder that we can find happiness and fulfillment in pursuing our passions and interests. 

The show also highlights the importance of finding meaning in our work and pursuing a career that aligns with our values and interests. When we find work that we love, it can bring us immense satisfaction and a sense of purpose.

The series also highlighted the importance of not comparing ourselves to others and embracing our own unique gifts and paths in life. 

Watching the main character pursue her passion despite the opinions of others was inspiring and reminded my wife to focus on her own journey and not be held back by fear or insecurity. 

It can be effortless to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves with others and experiencing a sense of inadequacy. However, the show teaches us to embrace our own unique gifts and paths in life and to trust that we’re on the right track, even if it looks different from others’.

Finally, the show taught my wife about the importance of balancing our goals with our relationships. Seeing how the main character neglected her relationship with a friend and a family member in pursuit of her passion was a poignant reminder to prioritize the people in our lives who matter most to us.

It’s easy to get caught up in our goals and aspirations and forget about the people who support us along the way. However, the show teaches us that our relationships are just as important as our achievements, and that we should make time for the important people in our lives.

Overall, the conversation with my wife about “Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House” was a beautiful and inspiring one that taught us valuable life lessons about passion, cherishing every moment, finding meaning in our work, embracing our unique paths in life, and prioritizing our relationships.

We were both touched by the show’s message and how it resonated with us on a personal level. 

We hope that these lessons inspire you as well and that you find the same joy and fulfillment in your passions and relationships as we did in this conversation.



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