Hikoboshi (彦星 Male Star ) is the Japanese name for the star Altair, also known as Natsuhikoboshi (夏彦星 Summer Male Star ) or Kengyūsei (牽牛星 Cow Herder Star ) in Japanese.
It also refers to:
- the cowherd celebrated in the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi.
- the cowherd celebrated in the Japanese star festival, Tanabata influenced by Qi Xi.
- Rapid Express (快速急行 Kaisoku Kyūkō ) trains operated on the Keihan Main Line in Osaka, Japan.
- the chaser satellite of the Japanese Engineering Test Satellite ETS-VII, also known as KIKU-7.
- Orihime is the Japanese name for the star Vega.
- Lachette Altair, a character from Sakura Wars (see List of Sakura Wars characters).
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