oh, shiitake means "mushroom", isn't it?
shiitake is a type of mushroomkinoko is the actual word for mushroom
God dammit, Blogspot hasn't been letting me post anonymous comments again for some reason.Yes and no. A shiitake is a type of mushroom that's commonly found in East Asia. There's a few other types of mushrooms mentioned throughout the comics, such as the king's trumpet and the maitake (which wiki tells me is commonly known in the west as a ram's head mushroom, if that helps?)TL;DR Furuya seems to have been obsessed with mushroom jokes.
Thank you so much! Glad to know you'll be translating more of Nakamura Asumiko's works :)