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Hoshi () is a Japanese word which means star, and a surname. Hoshi (干し or 乾し) is an unrelated word meaning "dried." Hoshi (保志) is a Japanese surname with a similar pronunciation.

Hōshi (法師) is unrelated to the preceding words, and pronounced differently.




  • Hamuko Hoshi (星 ハム子, born 1982), Japanese professional wrestler
  • Mizue Hoshi (星 瑞枝, born 1985), Japanese alpine skier
  • Nobuyoshi Hokutoumi, born as Nobuyoshi Hoshi (保志 信芳), Japanese sumo wrestler
  • Shinichi Hoshi (星 新一, 1926–1997), Japanese novelist and science fiction writer
  • Sōichirō Hoshi (保志 総一朗, born 1972) Japanese voice actor and singer
  • Tomoya Hoshi (星 知弥, born 1994), Japanese baseball player



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Other uses[edit]

  • Biwa hōshi (法師), traveling performers in the era of Japanese history preceding the Meiji period
  • Hoshi (Go) (星), an intersection traditionally marked with a small dot on the board in the game of Go
  • Hoshi Ryokan, an inn founded in 718 in Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Hoshi University, a private university specializing in pharmaceutical sciences in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • "Kagayakeru Hoshi", a song by Japanese pop singer and songwriter Miho Komatsu

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