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 1700 stones — over 900 of them are "face rocks".
The museum's founder, who passed away in 2010, collected rocks for over 50 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?
Japanese rocker Demon Kakka
Cold Wind Monjiro from the Japanese novel and TV drama
Wrestler and Japanese politician Antonio Inoki