Markets in everything, Japanese edition

by on July 27, 2008 at 2:54 pm in Education | Permalink

The DVD is called Miteiru dake (Just Looking),
and it features various talent/models just staring straight ahead.
That’s right, the models on the DVD do very little other than stare
straight at the camera. According to the website, the idea is to get
young males who aren’t used to socializing with women to become more
accustomed to making eye contact and/or handle the fact that a sentient
being sits across from them and awaits interaction. The DVD hopes to
cure those afflicted with shyness so that they may rejoin society.

Here is more information, with an embedded video at the link.  Thanks to Justin Mancinelli for the pointer.  Of course the market offers real variety:

The result,
from what one can see on the website, is strangely disconcerting. A
girl will stare back at you for an extended period of time,
expressionless and periodically blinking (the blinks are eerily
profound). Once in a while the model will utter a phrase like "ohayoo"
(good morning) or make a move to say something, but for the most part
there is just an uncomfortable silence. Most of the women on the DVD
are jimusho-based talento (most have blogs on Ameba
and other DVDs of their own to sell), but there are also foreign women,
young girls, and older women thrown in the mix to give the viewer
experience in handling long, uncomfortable silences with those of
different races and ages.

1 Is This Tea July 27, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Reminds me of Scientology exercises…

2 Anonymous July 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Something similar is already available on YouTube for free (note the very high view count of nearly 3.4 million; safe for work). She has her own Wikipedia page.

3 Hopefully Anonymous July 27, 2008 at 6:48 pm

This is great. Incidentally, I’m looking for a DVD that will help me overcome my social discomfort when I’m at the podiatrist, and I walk by an open examination room and encounter a young lady having her foot examined.

4 meter July 28, 2008 at 11:41 am

I’ll be going in August, Tyler, and wanted to thank you: reading through your prior posts and reader comments on Japan has unearthed a wealth of information for my itinerary.

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