Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » Video

Chinsekikan, The Japanese Museum Devoted To Rocks That Look Like Human Faces

Travelers Today       By    Sheobi Anne Ramos

Updated: Nov 30, 2016 12:55 AM EST

Text Size: A A A

Tags
chinsekikan, hall of curious rocks, japanese rock museum, rocks that resemble faces, japan travel, japan tours, japan museums, Tokyo, japan attractions
Japan's Chichibu Chinsekikan
Chichibu Chinsekikan is a museum in Japan devoted to rocks that look like human faces.
(Photo: منوعات 2017 / YouTube)

Japan is famous for inventing sushi, creating anime, and giving birth to so many weird things. A new one just recently surfaced: a unique museum full of rocks that look like human faces.

The Chichibu Chinsekikan (translated as "hall of curious rocks"), is located two hours northwest of Tokyo in a town called Chichibu, and it only displays over 1700 rocks that somehow resemble human faces (also called jinmenseki).

The museum was founded by Shozo Hayoma, an avid rock enthusiast who spent 50 years collecting these peculiar rocks. He only collects rocks that resemble various forms of familiar faces, ranging from celebrities like Elvis Presley and some famous cartoon characters.

All rocks in this museum are 100% original with no human alterations whatsoever; Shozo said his only requirement in collecting these rocks is that "nature be the only artist."

According to Forbes.com, Shozo may have had this psychological tendency called pareidolia, where the human mind always observes familiar patterns or common human traits when in reality, none exist. Some people see animal shapes or human faces in clouds and to people like Shozo; it can't be helped to discover these kinds of characteristics in rocks as well.

Some famous rocks on display include Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, E.T, and Mickey Mouse. There are also funny-looking ones like the Koopa Troopa shell from Super Mario video games, Donkey Kong, and even one that apparently looks like Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. "The Rock".

Still, with the number of rocks currently on display, some don't even have names, that's why visitors were encouraged to name some of these rocks from time to time, based on their own perceptions.

Currently, the Chichibu Chinsekikan is managed by Shozo Hayoma's wife, Yoshiko Hayama because of Shozo's death back in 2010. It's a 10-minute walk from Kagemori Station; however, it is advised to call ahead if you're planning a visit because the museum has a tendency to close in irregular hours due to some personal reasons of the current owner.

© 2017 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

The Top 5 Rides at Walt Disney World

Five Tips On How To Enjoy Your Trip In Disney World Orlando

Disney World Orlando is a famous tourist spot with its wide selection of rides, activities, restaurants, and spectacular events. But if you want to enjoy every bit of it, you need to plan your trip carefully. Here are five tips on how to enjoy your trip in Disney World Orlando.

Five Things To Do When You Are Travelling With A Disabled Person

Five Things To Do When You Are Traveling With A Disabled Person

Persons with disabilities are as special as what their needs should be. Despite the incapability they have, they likewise deserve to experience good life through traveling and discovering beautiful places outside the four corners of their homes.

Five Expressions You Need To Learn Before Traveling To Los Angeles

Five Expressions You Need To Learn Before Traveling To Los Angeles

In Los Angeles’ metro area itself, there are 185 languages that are spoken in households. Therefore, it is always better to learn some of the basics before visiting L.A.

Five Things That You Need To Do When You Are Traveling With Your Pet

Five Things That You Need To Do When You Are Traveling With Your Pet

Pet travels are some of the most exciting travels in the world. But before going on a trip, be sure to prepare this checklist for you and your pet to have a safe trip ahead.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Austin Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Austin, Texas Hailed As The Best Place To Live In America

Austin is now the most desirable place to live in the States.

Humiliated by British Airways

Elderly Woman Flies For 13 Hours In Wet Clothes After A British Airways Crew Denied Her Of Using The Toilet

A British Airways crew has garnered a lot of criticism following an incident of denying an old lady to use the toilet. As a result, the lady ended up wetting herself and flew the whole flight in her wet clothes.

Man forcibly taken off an overbooked United Airlines flight.

Doctor Who Refused To Get Off An Overbook United Airlines Flight Forcibly Taken Off The Plane [VIDEO]

Aviation security officers used force to remove a passenger from an overbooked flight from Chicago to Louisville. The doctor refused to leave the plane voluntarily, saying he needs to see patients in the morning.

Works at Atapuerca Archeological Site

From King Solomon’s Mine To Treasure Hunt App In London, 2017 Is Good Year For Archaeology

Archaeologists will find more interesting dig ups this year and would like the public to know more of their history and culture. More expeditions and creative initiatives have 2017 say it's the year of archaeology.

travelers today

© 2017 TRAVELERS TODAY All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics