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Yun*chi

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J-Pop artist Yun*chi performed at Hyper Japan at Earls Court, London on 27th July. Not being familiar with her (or any J-Pop music to be honest) I decided to look her videos up on YouTube. The only way I can possibly describe her and her music would be unique, fun and completely adorable. The only obvious problem is, I can’t understand a word she is singing. She wears some fantastic outfits too.

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Hyper Japan 2013

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The UK’s biggest J-culture event came to Earls Court, London this weekend. This is an annual event but it was my first time attending. There was so much to see including J-pop performances, martial arts demonstrations, fashion shows and Cosplay competitions. There were many awesome stalls showcasing artwork and selling cute home-made Kawaii accessories, clothes, toys and Japanese sweets. A large gaming area attracted many people including my niece who had a go on the new Zelda game for the 3Ds.

The main stage saw presentations by robotics companies, Japanese comic storytelling and a mix of live performances and demonstrations. An array of hot food, snacks and drinks were available and proved to be very popular judging by the queues. We arrived early but we started getting tired and a little bit bored around 3pm as we had seen most of the things they had to offer. This doesn’t mean that I had been put off, in fact I would love to go again next year and possibly even be brave and join in with the Cosplay action myself. Go to the Hyper Japan website HERE to find out more about it.

Church of St George, La Coruna

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While in La Coruna, Spain we stumbled across a real gem… another church, but this one was bar far the most stunning.

Flower Festival Floats

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Madeira is well-known for its love of flowers and pride themselves on their flora and vegetation. Funchal, Madeira put on a flower festival every spring time when the flowers are at their best. Unfortunately we missed the parade, it must have taken place just a couple of days before we arrived. But on the plus side all the floats remained on display and were all lined up for people to admire.

Real Shrine of the Holy Christ of La Laguna

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On Day 8 we arrived in Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Part of our days excursion was a visit to Real Shrine of the Holy Christ of La Laguna, a Catholic Church located in San Cristobal de La Laguna. The stunning Alter is embossed in silver. I found it difficult to find information about the church but what I did find had to be translated so some of it didn’t make sense but you can check it out HERE.

Church

Church

Street Lamp

Bell tower

Church interior

Church Interior

Wood work

Church Interior

Church Interior

Chandelier

Church Interior

Church Interior

Alter

Alter

In more detail

creepy doll

Church Interior

Church Interior

Jerónimos Monastery

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During our time in Lisbon, Portugal we went on an excursion to Jerónimos Monastery. I love anything with detailed architecture such as churches and cathedrals so I was in my element with my camera at hand. Find out more about the monastery HERE.

Jerónimos Monastery

Bell Tower

architecture

window and statue close up

One of the tombs

Close-up

Ceiling

Stained glass window

inside the monastery

Close-up

inside the monastery

inside the monastery

Alter

close-up praying Mary

close-up on back of alter

inside the monastery

The tomb of Vasco da Gama

Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

Stained Glass Window

Lisbon, Portugal

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We visited Lisbon, Portugal on 7th May. This city was impressive although a little rough around the edges. Like with every major city, it has its poorly maintained and slightly unattractive area’s which were covered in graffiti. At one point I thought we were going into mafia territory with its big houses and high walls and gates. You can’t fault some of the architecture though and there was lots to look at in the way of statues and fountains.

We were welcomed into the dock by a fantastic view of the Christ the King statue and the 25th April Bridge which was built by the same company as the golden gate bridge in the U.S. Although parts of Lisbon were very interesting, after having a taster, I don’t think I would return.

The close-ups of the Marquess of Pombal Square was taken through the window of the coach we were travelling in. Information for Marquess of Pombal Square can be found HERE  , Christ the King Statue HERE , 25th April Bridge HERE , Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent HERE and Monument to the Discoveries HERE

Christ The King Statue

25th April Bridge

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Me in Lisbon

Looks like something growing out of my head.

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