I love Japan and Japanese culture. Mainly because Japanese people in general are even bigger gadget geeks than I am and they’ll often take their obsessions to extremes.
Take, for example, vending machines. We have a fair amount of products that are sold via vending machines here in the States with pop (or soda) being the most common sort you’ll find. The Japanese have vending machines as well. Lots of them. Lots more than Americans have. Selling lots more stuff than you’d think possible. Everyone’s heard about how they even cater to dirty old men by having vending machines that sell used panties, but most folks don’t realize just how many other kinds of vending machines the Japanese have. They have lots of them for all sorts of products so of which are just bizarre, but some of which you wonder why they’ve not shown up here.