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JapanTag 2018

A tradition, is the annual ‚JapanTag‘  in Düsseldorf.

This year I had  not only another ‚partner in photographing‘,  I also wanted to try to photograph a bit different.

In an audience of 10.000’s of people (!)  it is easy to sneak and make a photo from someone in a not so flattering situation. One can call it street.
I was guilty, to it, the past years, and this year my challenge was to photograph different.

I took my ‚270 Zoom with me, but before we went ’shooting‘  I changed to the Sigma 17 -70mm
Also, no ‚invisible shooting‘, but photos nearby, with more interaction, No close ups.

When they smile in the camera

With so many people, it was easy to ‚hike‘  with other photographers.  When the people  not smiles directly at the camera

And of course, it should not be me, if there were not photos that were in contradiction with what I wrote above 🙂

A wonderful day with Sonja, thank you, dear Sonja, for joining me, the fun and all!
My photos can also be found at my personal photo site
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More photos and photography in my Facebook Photo and Poetry Site
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Neuss blüht Auf

Spring means not only that nature shows its best side.

The city makes a try as well.

Decide by yourself what you like the most.

Saturday, in the city

Saturday, in the park

Awwwwwww … oooooohhhh…
Gooselings and ducklings

Maimarkt Neuss, 02.05.2018

This year the Mai Markt (May Market) took place at May 2nd.  There is a new square available for the stalls, at the Freithof,  it is nice, a market under the Quirinus

The market

And  the famous ‚the rest‘  😀



Spring in the city

The first warm weekend of the year,  the city is exploding

Fish Market

The ‚Hausstrecke‘,  my routine walk trhough the park

Spring has sprung!

And the best of the rest

Street rain

Rain rain rain,

With  such weather I leave my camera at home.

But, my mobile phone is always in ‚the pocket‘., for moments like this.  A tiny bit of editing, but not much. I am so proud at my mobile phone!

Beautiful Rain


Karneval 2017


Street Carneval.  Happy people, costumes, fun to photograph. Enjoy the people

Düsseldorfer feiern einfach so wie sie das wollen


Street Carneval.  Happy people, costumes, fun to photograph. Enjoy the people,   here, in Düsseldorf

Sunday. Home play.
Kappesonntag in Neuss

Not everybody was exited to be photographed ..  😀

But most had their fun

With Südstern Freunde



Happy Faces

Ons Neuss — HELAU

And…. the rest!

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HaFri Poetry 02 2010

It happens, sooner, late
While I read the news
Or when I walk on the street

It is so much familiar
I cannot wrap it in words
I cherish it
It has so much more value
than everything else together

Unexpected I crawl to you
Or is it you crawling to me
So many questions
That remain unsolved

But it is here
That feeling
That I share with you
And what I mean
Is only known by you

It are not the words
That we dont say
ah, I dont need to explain

It is there
For a moment I dont need anything
I look at you
So far away
I suddenly feel
close to you
closer than ever

You know that feeling
And there is no one else
To know what I mean


Het gebeurt, vroeg, of laat
Als ik de krant lees,
of ergens op de straat

Het is zo vertrouwd
Niet in woorden te vatten
Iets wat ik koester
Waardevoller dan alles bij elkaar

Opeens kruip ik naar je
Of kruip jij naar mij
Zo veel vragen
Ik begrijp niet hoe

Maar het is er
Dat gevoel
Wat ik met je deel
En waarvan alleen jij weet
wat ik bedoel

Het zijn niet de woorden
Die we niet zeggen
Ach, ik hoef het niet uit te leggen

Het is er
eventjes hoef ik niets meer
Ik kijk je aan
Zo ver weg
Voel ik me opeens
Dichterbij jou
dan ooit

Jij kent dat gevoel
En niemand anders
Weet wat ik bedoel

© HaFri Poetry 04.02.2010

I look at you
And I see what you dont tell
I listen to you
And hear what you dont do
I cant blame you for it
Because it is something,
much stronger than you
and much stronger than me

It stands between you and me
It stands between the will and reality
and that way
my dear friend
I slowly loose you

For our friendship it will not matter
but still, something eats it out
Something that I can see
But what I don’t say to you anymore

You cannot choose
And I cant blame you
I see you gliding away
Slowly, but definite
your words dont sound so well anymore
and if one knows what’s happening to you
it is you
just like me
it is unstoppable

My heart is crying
for you
my precious friend
This is something that
neither you
nor me


Ik kijk naar je
En zie wat je niet zegt
Ik luister naar je
en hoor wat je niet doet
Ik kan het je niet verwijten
Want er is iets, dat is sterker dan jij
en sterker dan ik

Het zit tussen jou en mij
Het zit tussen wil en werkelijkheid
En zo
mijn dierbare vriend
raak ik je langzaam kwijt

Voor onze vriendschap maakt het niet uit
Maar toch, er knaagt iets
Er zit iets in de weg
Iets wat ik wel zie
Maar niet meer tegen je zeg

Je kan niet kiezen
en ik kan het je niet kwalijk nemen
Ik zie je weg glijden
Langzaam, maar zeker
Je woorden klinken niet meer zo goed
En je weet dondersgoed
wat er gebeurt
net als ik
kan je het niet stoppen

Mijn hart huilt
voor jou
mijn dierbare vriend
Dit is iets wat noch ik
noch jij

HaFri Poetry December 2016


When you are too far away
Come over the bridge
And take the barreers away
Every distance can be overwon
If you want
Come over the bridge
If peace on earth is so important for you
Make it happen to who is around you as well
Take the step, the bridge is strong
Come closer, together we are strong
If you can not see the other side
Come over the bridge, it is all right
And if you do not dare, to cross the water
If you can not take that step
Encourage the other, to come closer
If a happy life is important to you
Know what to do
Come over the bridge
Take that first step
The view is magnificent
Feel the thrill of overwinning your pride
Come over the bridge, do not hide
Throw away your pride
Showe courage, do not hide
Take that step, it brings you closer
And if you can not, yet, see
Step further, there is nothing to loose
Come over the bridge, and live peacefully

(c) 05.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

Find me a place
Under the sun
Where I not need to flyWhere are no silly questions
Where no one needs a why
Find me a place
Under the sun
Where The day may not endWhere no one can reach us
Where we not need to pretendFind me a place
Under the sun
Where I can sleep until the nightWhere my dreams may not come true
Where the darkness is filled with light
(c) 07.12.2016 HaFri Poetry


What would this world be
If we were all the same
I think it should be boringI love the difference
Between you and me
The pattern like patchwork
Our variations in colour
In temper and how we walk
Understanding eachother,
Even when we differently talkTogether we build our world
Yours is different then that of meI love the variations
I love the difference in our beautyStay how you are
I will do the same
Together we make the difference
Together we fit into the same frame


(c) 09.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

The path of life
Brings us many choices
And every choice we make
Brings us a bit further

You may say, further away
You may say, a step closer
All I ask is from where, to where
Is it important where we came from
Is it important where we go
I think that my goal is the road
Shall I walk to the other side
changing my view
Or shall I take the stairs,
On my way upShall I walk, back to the light
Or shall I take the bicycle, for a rideMy choices, I decided what to do
How about you?

(c) 10.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

The days are short
The nights are dark and cold
The light is gone before I see
A man sings in the street
Merry christmas to you and me

I dive deeper in my coat
My hands in the pockets
Find a lost coin
And a written note
The shopping list was short
No christmas gifts on it

I feel old and cold
But there is that little voice,
inside of me, again
That tells me to look up, again
I do
And am blinded by the light
A contradicn in time

I am glad with the darkness around me
No one needs to see my mysery
I so much want you to be happy
The worries away from you and me

When I turn around the corner
The wind blows, icey at my face
It takes my breath away
And so do you

I wish I could give you some air
Some freedom
Away from the pressure
Back to the pleasure
Into the light
Our neverending fight

I take you a bit closer in my arms
It won’t make the night brighter
But it feels so good
And makes our lives a little lighter

(c) 11.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

The lights are on
In the City
Illuminating the empty street

Where all are rushing
Headlong…out of control..
Tired, after a busy day
On their way to a nice meal, at home

Or calling home, with the excuse
Of working over time
Heading to feed his hunger for love

Anonymous, we hurry up
To find some rest, behind closed curtains
Where the heat is on
And the tv blares another talent show
No time for loosers

And when the lights
Went out
In the city

The only one left at the street
Is the man, who lost everything

(c) 13.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

Until today you were my friend
But, to be honest, it long did end
It long was not that I trusted you
It long was that I did not like your words

At one side, showing a friendly greet
Followed by a horribly deed
A christmas card, I got from you
I did not want it, and I knew

That was the moment to be honest and clean
I don’t want you in my life, not digital, I mean
I can not agree with what you do, and what you are
Your words and deeds differ so far

I saw your two sides, and it is very clear
We went too far, we were too near
I wanted to make it gently, so I tried
But your reaction made me feeling frightened

So, I cut the lines, for the second time
I can’t say I am happy, but I will be fine
No longer you can hurt me, or my friends
Thank you for opening my eyes, in the end

I have no idea what you will tell the people around you
Who most certainly will ask you
I know what I will say
The time we worked together was okay
It broke, that time, long ago
It was wrong to give you a second chance
But it is right, now to say no
It is time for be a honest Hans 🙂

(c) 16.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

There are moments
That I ask myself
Why I am running through the night

And when I desparately look for answers
That I can not find
The reply is in the light

I am worried about many things
Of what only time the answer brings
I can not always be strong
I am not always wrong

I show emotions
I dare to show a tear
And I never felt stronger
Then with you, being so near

(c) 16.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

I was sitting, my head in my hands
So that no one could look at my tears
I bowed to the shadow
So that no one could look at my fears

The light of the moon
Glared in the ice cold night
I was alone, I thought
And that was all right
When my tears dried up
I looked up to the sky, to see
The reflections of the sun
That gave the moon to meI kept looking to it, as in a trance
My heart went calm and started to dance
I joined it, in a lure
I wanted, because it was so pureNo diffusion, no jealousy or hate
Just the reflection, clear as it is
Nothing between the moon and me
Just silent brightness, what a blissI told my heart to share this with you
Just like I always do
I want you to see, what is around
Love and happiness, it can be foundYou find it in me, I find it in you
And there is nothing to worry
Nothing to do
Just wrap the light around your tired mind
Love is all around, and with you so easy to find

(c) 17.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

I still have no idea
Where we are going to
And I also can not tell
If it is there, better then here

I can not promise you a rainy day
I can not promiese you a rose garden

What I can promise, and what I do
Is being at your side
Because together life is more easy
Even when it is not always right

When we need to return on our steps
It is better when we are not alone
And if we have to change our sight
We not need to do it on our own

I am at your side, if you want me to
And even if I do not know where
I have faith in any step
Because life is so much better
When you are there

(c) 18.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

The time is near
The last rose of the year
It has no idea of the cold
It flowers further and behold
Not afraid about what will come
Showing its beauty, just staying strong

I know what her future be
But I do not dare to tell
I let her show her beauty
And am enjoying it well

On the other side
The new life just begun
It is a way to go
Before that spring is in the air
We know
But I am not going to break the spell
She is ready for it, I can tell

A look in what the future will be
New flowers, for you and me
We will remember the past
We will remember what was

And when the spring finally arrives
We will look into each others eyes
Smiling about the worries, that did not come true
Laughing because I still love you

We are between the past and what will come
Right at that border line
We can’t change what was, we can’t change will come
We are together
in the light

(c) 19.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

Rocking around the christmas tree
What a humbug, that’s not for me

Do I need peace on earth, all day
Give me my drinks, and I am okay
Al that noise about christmas and snow
The one who invented that, I don’t want to know

In Australia it is frigging hot
And here it will be raining a lot

And did you ever see
Rudolph passing thee?
Or did you see Santa in the light of the moon
Wake up, you may dream much too soon

The annual drama about what to eat this year
The awful music about that christmas is near
hohoho, it is blurred
nonono, I am disturbed

All those light, it hurts my eyes
Is it just me that christmas denies?
I am not in, I will quit
No peace on earth, that‘ is it

I shall roast my chestnuts, until they are brown
I shall bake the hottest turkey in town
I shall drink all the bottles empty do you hear
It will fill myself up, this year

Forget the balls, the angels, bring on the sheep
Grill it, medium, and stick the herbs down deep
Yes! War is over, if you want it
I will explode this christmas, granted!

(c) 19.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

Sometimes I think I should fly away
Away from worries, sadness and hate

But I don’t know
Where I should go

In fact I don’t want to run away
My life is here, things are okay

I let no one ruin my life
Love is the answer, to survive

So, my plane will stay at the ground
And I will fight
For love, what is all around

(c) 19.12.2016 HaFri Poetry


the wind of change blows over the world.
We have had enough of fear
We have had enough of hate
It is enough! Stop it!

In the name of love
Let the wind of change blow
We are not going to take it any longer
We don’t answer violence with hate

Because love is so much stronger

(c) 21.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

The man asked me
Where do you go
And I replied
I do not know

The man asked me
Why I took this line
I could not answer
So I said, because it is fine
The man asked me
But, you need a target in life
Something to live for
A line you can strive

I looked at the man
And said, with a smile
I have reached my goal
Already a while

(c) 25.12.2016 HaFri Poetry
When you feel down
When you are close to the ground
Look up

It might not be easy
When your bones are stiffened
But get up

It might cost some time
But that is fine, you have all the time
To stand up

And if you can not handle it alone
Grip my hand, of that of another friend
Who will help you up

And if you can not see the helping hand
You might look into the wrong direction
Look up

There is much more to see
Than what is in front

Look up
Find someone
Who let you see

(c) 25.12.2016 HaFri Poetry
Looking forward
To what the future will be
We have expectations
Of what we might see

There is a way to go
To reach our future sight
Can we reach it? I don’t know
Who will be, at our side

Questions are plenty
Our answers are a few
And when it is that far
We wish that we knew

What was laying on our road
Where we could walk
Where we should take the boat
Storms and heavy talk

I wish you all
A room with a view
I shall not tell
What you should do

Do it
With sunshine in your heart
You might walk different ways
Let hope and love be a part

Step forwards, don’t be afraid of the new
After all
Every move
will give
a new oom with a view

(c) 25.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

Your Life
Is only one direction
In different waysYour path
Is directed by instructions
Rarely streight to where we go

Always with a reason
Often without a clue
But we just continue
What else could we do

It never is a travel blind
You never need to walk alone
There is always someone
You can find

(c) 27.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

It needs time
To get great things done
It needs time
To grow

But, who takes time
Smalll steps
Will reach his goal as well
That depends, however

On what your goal might be
Is it growing, big as a tree
Is it that one step further
That everyone said, you could not take?

Taking two steps forward
Slipping one step back
Slow down
And look around you

You will be amazed
Before your reach
your final destination

(c) 28.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

like every day
This day as well
I get that pain in my brain
It is a daily treat
What to choose to eat

Shall it be chicken, shall it be cow
Or better a vegetarian pork, somehow
Do I prefer a pizza snack
Or am I tempted by a big mac?

A vegetarian salad maybe
Or is it some fish that I will see
I don’t know what I want, but I know what I can
But I can’t put it all in just one pan

I get crazy, it is too much for me
I guess the noodles, it might be
How about some spam and eggs
Help… how can I ever relax

With so much food to choose
I struggle with potatoes, maybe a goose?
No, we just finished the duck at chrissie day
Some nice toast might be okay

Another hour is gone
And I still can not decide
A salad can not be too wrong
Maybe some healthy fruits inside

I think and think, but nothing comes in my mind
I slowly get bananas, there is too much to find
Someone helps me, what to eat then, please
Else I am stucked with salami and some cheese

(c) 29.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

Play the game
But don’t play with feelings
Have fun
And let the others laugh as well

Choose wise
But choose
Else you might loose more
Then that you ever gained before

Play the game
Love and be loved
Look to the sun, when it rains

Fight for your life
But never fight against others
Ever seen a winner, in a war?
Do know, where you are standing for
Don’t give up
But don’t ruin your life
Or that of someone else

Don’t play with feelings
Don’t give hope
If you are not willing to fullf
When you look into the mirror
Be sure you like the picture you see
And if you cover a part of it
Ask yourself why

(c) 30.12.2016 HaFri Poetry

Hansefest 2016

One of the annual events in our city is the ‚Hanse Fest‘

From ages ago the ‚hanse‘ cities had a prominent role in the countries economy.  Lots of traditional handcraft, and trade between the Hanse Cities are based on a long traditon

Hansefest 2016 a crowded main street
Hansefest 2016
a crowded main street

In our modern times the tradition is transformed to a marketing event for the city, on wht the partner cities (the hansa städte)  can presentate themselves with their specialities.

Different then the years before, and as a consequence of the disappointing performance of the ‚hansa fest‘  in the past years, I now went alone. Of course with my camera with me, good company 🙂
And, of course, there were many more photographers, such as Reinbert, who made this picture of me, full in action.

Photo by Reinbert Eitz
Photo by Reinbert Eitz

I took a bit time to watch the baking of ‚baumkuchen‘

Baumkuchen Backofen

Under the picture (click on it)  is a video of the full process (german!)

Below you will find the photos that I made at the ‚HanseFest‘

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