Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

What do E.T., Nemo, and Jesus have in common? They all apparently look like stones housed in one of Japan's most peculiar (and charming) museums: the Hall of Curious Rocks.

Located in Saitama, outside Tokyo, the collection is filled over 1,700 stones—over 900 of them are "face rocks."

The museum’s founder, who passed away in 2010, collected rocks for over fifty years. Initially, he was drawn to rare rocks, but that evolved into collecting, well, strange rocks—especially unaltered rocks that naturally resemble celebrities, religious figures, movie characters, and more.

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

These days, the founder's daughter keeps the museum running, and it has been featured on popular, nationwide Japanese TV programs. No wonder, because this is a rather unusual collection.

Yes, there's the inevitable Jesus rock, but there's also the Donkey Kong rock and the Boris Yeltsin rock. There are also more general stones, such as "chorus rocks" (below).

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

TSome of the rocks resemble the people they are supposed to, some of them do a little, and some of them don't at all. But what makes the museum so delightful is how creative some of the comparisons are. I mean, who looks at a rock and thinks it looks like a Russian politician?

Check out a small portion of the collection below. Photos courtesy of Byoukan Sunday and Another Tokyo.

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

Donkey Kong

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

Japanese rocker Demon Kakka

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

Nemo

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

Gorbachev

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

Cold Wind Monjiro from the Japanese novel and TV drama

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

Jesus

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

Wrestler and Japanese politician Antonio Inoki

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

Mickey Mouse

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

Yeltsin

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"Tiger Mask

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

Turtle shell

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

Elvis

900点以上の人面石がならぶ「珍石館」[Another Tokyo]

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