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The jinmenju as illustrated by Toriyama Sekien

Jinmenju or Ninmenju (人面樹 human-face tree?) is a strange tree illustrated in Toriyama Sekien's Konjaku Hyakki Shūi

Description in Folklore[edit]

Legend has it that the tree grows "in remote mountain valleys in China."

The jinmenju's fruit appear to be "human heads. The faces are always smiling or laughing, even as they fall from their branch."

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