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Japan’s Unique Museum has got Elvis Presley and Nemo under the same Roof in the form of Rocks

The museum contains different kinds of ‘jinmenseki’ or rock that look like a human face, and that includes celebrity look-alikes like Elvis Presley

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November 20, 2016: In Japan, two hours northwest of Tokyo, there’s a museum, and it’s one of its kind.

It’s known a Chinsekikan (hall of curious rocks) and it has more than 1700 rocks that appear to be like human faces.

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The museum contains different kinds of ‘jinmenseki’ or rock that look like a human face, and that includes celebrity look-alikes like Elvis Presley.

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The founder of the museum passed away in 2010 and collected rocks for more than fifty years. According to a report, he was initially drawn to rare rocks, but gradually that evolved into gathering, well, weird rocks—especially rocks that naturally resemble like that of religious figures, celebrities, movie characters, and more.

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According to a report, there is a Jesus rock, Donkey Kong rock, Boris Yeltsin rock, and even a Nemo rock.

There are some general stones, which are known as “chorus rocks”.

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Currently, there are so many rocks that all of them don’t have names. The owner occasionally asks the visitors to name the rocks.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram with inputs from various agencies. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s Paintings to be Out on Display for Color Blind Visitors

One of the museum's curators, Katrina Stacy, says O'Keeffe in her later years developed visual impairment from macular degeneration and turned her attention to sculpture

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FILE - Georgia O'Keeffe stands next to her oil paintings during a press review of 121 paintings, watercolors, and drawings on exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Oct. 8, 1970. VOA

The vibrant colors and hues that make up Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings soon will be on full display for color blind visitors

The vibrant colors and hues in Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings soon will be on full display for color blind visitors.

The Santa Fe museum announced Monday it’s teaming up with California-based EnChroma to expand the gallery experience through special glasses.

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A Tate Modern representative poses for photographs next to “Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1” by American artist Georgia O’Keeffe at a press launch for her retrospective exhibition of over 100 works at the Tate Modern gallery in London, July 4, 2016. VOA

Starting May 3, visitors with red-green color blindness can borrow glasses to see O’Keeffe’s work in the way that she intended.

One of the museum’s curators, Katrina Stacy, says O’Keeffe in her later years developed visual impairment from macular degeneration and turned her attention to sculpture.

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Stacy says the project with EnChroma has ties to that part of the artist’s story.

EnChroma co-founder Andrew Schmeder says O’Keeffe juxtaposed colors from nature in ways that evoked emotion and seeing that relationship between colors has been challenging for people with color blindness. (VOA)