If you've always felt awkward in front of other people, especially the opposite gender, Avex Entertainment has an interactive DVD that it claims can help overcome that neurosis. Called Miterudake, which literally means "Just Looking," this DVD features videos of 50 women of various ages and nationalities staring straight at you. From time to time, the women will also talk to you (only in Japanese, unfortunately).
Personally, I find it strange buying a DVD that has people looking and talking to you. After all, anyone watching the DVD will soon realize it's all just a recorded footage, and the situation is simply not the same in real life. But hey, this comes out of Japan and we've seen weirder stuff. So 2,625 yen (about $25) may just be a small price to pay to find out if the DVD can help the socially awkward "adapt to others," as stated by the company that created it. You just need to overcome that shyness to ask a pal for help in getting the Miterudake DVD on his/her next visit to Japan.
(Source: Crave Asia)