Korean Café Haeah in Oberursel

On 11 May 2019, Café Hae ah opened its doors in Oberursel. It is located in the Rosengärtchen shopping carree (next to the Korean supermarket Handok).

It is not only a café, but also more like a bistro serving a few lunches. We had Steak Pasta and Jeyuk Bokkeum (제육볶음), which is spicy fried pork.

Steak Pasta

Both dishes were really good, but the Steak Pasta really took me in. I’ll be back for more soon.

Service in Korea usually has to be super fast. Well, this one isn’t… yet.

Sights to see around Kitakyushu, Japan

Some of you might know that I once lived in Japan for three years. That was in the early to mid-1990s. Besides having many fond memories and souvenirs of all kinds (including our son, who was born there), I also have some good friends there.

My friend, Yoshiko Harada, sent me these lovely photos today, and so the credits for the following photos go to her .

She attended the 6th Oktoberfest (held in April and May) in Kitakyushu earlier in the day. The timing for this month-long event is perfect: spring temperatures are very pleasant in Japan, and the rainy season is till a few weeks away.

Where: Fukuoka Prefecture, Kitakyushu City, Kokura Kita-ku, Jyonai, Katsuyama Park
When: 4th of April until the 8th of May
Opening times: 11:00am until 21:00pm

Prost! (German) Kampai! (Japanese)

Oktoberfest Kokura Kita-ku, Jyonai, Katsuyama Park

For more natural beauty around Kitakyushu, visit the Kawachi Wisteria Gardens (Wisteria is ‘Fuji’ in Japanese).
Tickets for the Fuji Garden can be bought at 7-Eleven or Family Mart stores.

Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu

Visit https://kawachi-fujien.com/ for more information.

Last, but not least, there is the Kokura Castle. I don’t think I have ever seen in such beautiful darkness.

Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu

National Beer Day in Germany

Every year on 23 April, we celebrate National Beer Day in Germany. This was started in 1994 to mark the German Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Requirement), which dates back to 1516.

The International Beer Day, on the other hand, is set for 2 August 2019.

It is recommended to drink certain types of beer from certain kinds of glasses to bring out the flavor.

  • Tulpe: most suited for Pils and Schwarzbier
  • Kölschstange: for Kölsch beer (dialect for Cologne) served in a tiny glass of just 0.2 liter
  • Weißbierglas: for Weizenbier
  • Flöte: for light Edelbier (select beer)
  • Schwenker: especially for Dunkel- und Spezialbier
  • Glaskrug: universal usage for all types of beer
Glaskrug for any kind of beer

Prost!

“Im Himmel gibt’s kein Bier, darum trinken wir es hier!” 🙂

Where to Get Free Books in Oberursel

Just recently, the Rotary Club of Oberursel sponsored this book donation bin in the north of Oberursel (across from Trattoria Pizzeria Wilma on Camp-King-Allee).

The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Dr. Seuss

 

JR Railway and Telephone Cards from Japan

In the 1990s, we spent three years in Japan and during that time, we often used prepaid JR railway cards and prepaid telephone cards. Now, 25 years later, I’m glad I kept them.

Kitakyushu University

Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu International Association

JR Kyushu Tobata Eki

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