The 'Chinsekikan' Museum Features Rocks That Look Like Human Faces

By: Joey Haar - Nov 18, 2016
References: www006.upp.so-net.ne.jp & weburbanist
Chinsekikan, an unusual Japanese museum, brings new meaning to the term "stone-faced." Rather than featuring pictures of stoic philosophers or good poker players, the stone faces in Chinsekikan are literally that: rocks and stones with natural divots and craters that make it look like they have human faces.

Chinsekikan, which means "hall of curious rocks" in Japanese, is located in a small space in Chichibu, Japan, about two hours northwest of Tokyo. The museum features over 1,700 rocks and stones of varying sizes and shapes. Some even look like familiar faces, including an Elvis rock and a Donkey Kong rock.

The museum demonstrates the power of pareidolia (i.e. the condition in which the mind perceives familiar patterns in inanimate object) on the human psyche.