There's a museum of rocks that look like real people—in Japan, of course

Does that rock look to you like Elvis Presley? With a bit of imagination, it does. Or at least, that's what the founder of the Museum of Curious Rocks thought when he started to collect 900 "face rocks" that look like characters like Jesus, ET, Boris Yeltsin or Donkey Kong.


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.

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).

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.

Donkey Kong


Japanese rocker Demon Kakka




Cold Wind Monjiro from the Japanese novel and TV drama



Wrestler and Japanese politician Antonio Inoki


Mickey Mouse



Tiger Mask

Turtle shell



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