The Museum of Charming Stone Faces

28LabPublished: November 13, 2017Updated: November 14, 2017
Published: November 13, 2017Updated: November 14, 2017

They say that you can meet Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy in Saitama Prefecture’s Chichibu City in Japan. The Chichibu Museum of Rare Stones exhibits many unusual rocks, including a popular display of more than 700 that resemble people’s faces. Almost all of them has a name, with some of them resembling popular Japanese entertainers, anime characters, and even Elvis Presley and the like. Each one captures their characteristics really well. The rocks were all gathered over a 50 year period by the museum’s first director, Mr. Shoji Hayama, at the nearby Arakawa River. The current director is his daughter, Ms. Yoshiko Hayama. Ms. Hayama said that the museum, which opened its doors 27 years ago, was like an extension of her father, as she explained the stones’ various characteristics to us during our interview with her. It seems she has truly inherited Mr. Hayama’s passion for the stones.

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