Time to start bee keeping, setting up an old hive from one of the local beekeepers.
With an extremely dry summer the honey production on Awaji island has apparently not been a good one. This hive was not harvest and the bee-keeper decided to leave it until next year. He said the hive may not survive the winter. I so much want to have my own bees…. next year maybe ?
Honey from the same hive but harvested in different seasons. “Bush honey”,”Wildflower honey” or “Multifloral Honey” honey is known as Hyakkamistsu 百花蜜 ひゃっかみつ in Japanese. This literary translates as “honey from 100 flowers”. The jar on the right is the honey harvested a spring, the other is honey from the autumn harvest. I can’t wait to get my own hives someday.
The remains of a Japanese giant hornet which attacked and tried wipe out this Japanese honey bee hive! 100 points to the sticky paper! This to what I have to deal when I start bee-keeping.
Autumn brings typhoons, rain and a lot wind to Awaji. Higanbana flowers litter the about to be harvested rice paddy fields and let beekeepers know the real hornet attacks are about to begin. “higan” a Buddhist term for the period of seven days around the Spring or Autumn equinox and “hana” the word flower.