There’s a Museum of Rocks That Look Like FACES!! In Japan, Of Course!

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If you’re ever in Japan, be sure to head to the small city of Chichibu to check out Chinsekikan (“hall of curious rocks”). Curious rocks, indeed! This museum is filled with “jinmenseki,” rocks that look like FACES! 


For 50 years, the museum’s original director Shozo Hayama collected these special rocks. When he died in 2010, his widow Yoshiko Hayama became the museum’s “head” curator. 

Look closer at some of the rocks…

These ones look SURPRISED, don’t they?

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There’s even rocks that look like celebrities. Here’s the king of “Rock” and Roll himself, Elvis Presley!


And Nemo…


Over at Kotaku, you can see rocks from this collection that look like Donkey Kong, E.T., Jesus, and more!

via Colossalimages via Colossal and Kotaku

  • Helen Gircko

    Inexhaustible material, and is especially charmingly, they were made unintentionally. They can became the characters of cartoon or film. Especially because these stone faces look more alive than the faces of some people who regard themselves as serious. Thank you, Pee-wee!

  • Amanda Dushan

    Well, if I’m ever in Japan, I’ll try and pay that place a visit. Those rocks look interesting. I love the rocks of Elvis and Nemo.

  • Robert Raymond Britz

    Great post Pee Wee! I don’t think it would be wise to enter a starring competition with one of them. The people of Japan are so fun and creative. What will they think of next!;)