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Fact Thirty Seven:

The bakery belonging to Osono-san and her closed-mouthed husband where Kiki finds accommodation has "Gütiokipänja" written in the window. A joke written by the writer of the original story, Eiko Kadono, the sign is read "guu choki pan ya" in Japanese and is actually a reference to guuchokipa, an alternative name for the game jankenpon (or rock, paper, scissors in English) with the final word "pa" replaced by the Japanese word "pan", which means bread. The name "Rock, Scissors, Bread Shop" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue in English though, so translating writers cleverly renamed the shop "Good Cooking Pan Bakery" which has a similar ring to the original moniker.

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