Recently, a friend recommended NHK’s program “Begin Japanology”. The show has been running for years. It points out different and sometimes entirely weird aspects of Japanese everday culture. I think it’s very soothing to watch. Though at times it’s rather capitalist propaganda, like hey, everything we do is awesome, never mind the environment and the poor people… But it’s NHK after all.
Anyway, here is the episode about vending machines. Camera recognition for choosing drinks and such is a bit creepy!
You can also watch other episodes for free. Check out the one on toilets!