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平家星 is the old Japanese title for the Betelgeuse star in the constellation Orion.
While also known as Alpha Orionis or Betelgeuse in the West, this was the “Heike star” in Japan.
The powerful Taira clan, known colloquially as the 平家 (Heike clan), adopted this star's red color as its symbol sometime in the late 800s AD. They called the star 平家星 (Heike-boshi).
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Heike||海克||hǎi kè / hai3 ke4 / hai ke / haike||hai k`o / haiko / hai ko|
|平家星||hei ke boshi|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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