The Tale of Genji is generally considered to be Earth's first example of the novel literary form. Called Genji Monogatari in its original language, it was written in Earth's early 11th century by a Japanese noblewoman named Murasaki Shikibu. Hikaru Sulu was named after the story's protagonist, Hikaru Genji. (TOS novel: The Entropy Effect)

When Sulu travelled back in time to 20th-century San Francisco and encountered his distant ancestor, Akira Sulu, Hikaru attempted to speak to Akira in Japanese; due to a rather sketchy grasp of the language, Hikaru thought that he must have sounded like a character from The Tale of Genji when speaking to Akira. (TOS novelization: The Voyage Home)

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