I'd heard rumors that you could buy a lot of things from Japanese vending machines, but I had no idea of the variety. According to ThePhotomann, the Japanese vending maching industry made over $56 billion in sales in 2000 alone, and you can pick up anything from rice, to eggs, to kerosene, to fishing supplies at them. Oh, and there's Hello Kitty popcorn to be had as well! Take a look at some of the variety here. Link via Digg.
pictured below: machines that sell flower bouquets, travel insurance, fresh fried foods, and Hello Kitty popcorn.