Non productive bees

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 ?

Seasonal Honey

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.

Higanbana

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.