The word "Jedi" is derived from the Japanese words "Jidai Geki" which translate as "period drama". A period drama is a Japanese TV soap opera program set in the samurai days. George Lucas mentioned in an interview that he saw a "Jidai Geki" program on TV while in Japan a year or so before the movie was made and liked the word.

Jidai Geki are very popular in Japan. There are many varieties, including comedies, family-oriented shows, police/detective thrillers, soap operas, and social dramas.

Many popular jidai geki are set in the Edo era - a peaceful time during which the middle class flourished. Those qualities make it easy to adapt current social issues to the jidai geki.

Still, that adaptation requires the exercise of creative liberties of the history and culture depicted in the script. In fact, the historically inaccuracies are so acute in some jidai geki that they prompted the publication of books which point them out.

Here are some examples of popular jidai geki:

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