Hoshi (星) & Hoshi (干し): Meaning in Japanese
When we Japanese hear Hoshi (ほし) (pronunciation), the first thing that comes to many people’s minds will probably be a star.
And in that case, the word is written as 星 using kanji (Chinese character).
But, you can also see the word in Japanese food names, in which case, the spelling would be 干し.
Meaning of Hoshi (星)
The former Hoshi, 星, is the Japanese word for “star” in English, only used as a noun, meaning or primarily referring to
- a star in the sky
- a star-like thing
- an outstandingly talented performer
- a suspect the police must catch
Also, you can see 星 (Hoshi) as a surname in Japanese, and Hoshi Hyuma (星 飛雄馬) is a well-known example of it.
He is the main character of the baseball manga serialized from 1966 to 1971, Kyojin no Hoshi (巨人の星: Star of the Giants).
Meaning of Hoshi (干し)
Meanwhile, the latter Hoshi, 干し, is often used as a prefix in Japanese food names and means “dried” or drying.