When I was a kid I found a fist-sized rock that was – to my young eyes – the spitting image of Winston Churchill. I’ve thought of it every time I’ve picked up a rock that resembled a human face. Sadly, I lost track of it in my teenage years, and while there’s a part of me that likes to think it found its way to this little museum in Japan, I would have much preferred to have donated it to a similar institution closer to home, one with a public collection of rocks found right here in BC. From Great Big Story:
If you’re ever in Japan, consider a trip to Chineskikan, located two hours outside Tokyo in the city of Chichibu. The peculiar museum is the only one of its kind, dedicated entirely to rocks that look like human faces. Owned and operated by Yoshiko Hayama, Chineskikan is home to some of the most spectacular stones nature has to offer, with rocks that resemble everyone from Elvis Presley to E.T. Following in her father’s footsteps, Hayama is preserving the legacy of “jinmenseki,” continuing the search for rocks that resemble human faces.