Typhoon 21

Typhoon 21 is hundreds from kilometers away and the waves have already started beat down on Awaji.

Ready for another typhoon ?

The Vandel


I purchased the Vandel backpack the first month they came out and It has stood up to hell and still is looking amazing. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it is made to strong and want to buy a new one one day.

Hitting the bonk

Hitting the wall or hitting the bonk for some reason or another is pronounced “hanger knock” in Japanese.

I generally only find myself hitting the wall during autumn, I don’t know why? maybe it’s the cool Awaji Island winds that zap my energy, or maybe it was just the lack of sleep the night before, Anyway after the meager 30 kilometres I hit the wall and I hard it hard. Luckily the route was take is jampacked with convenience stores which stock hundreds of sugary delights from which I called on “lifeguard” to get me over the wall.

ハンガーノック Hanga-Nokku

Non productive bees

Japanese Honey 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.



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.

Sugi koke, Hair cap moss

My hair moss really took off this  summer. Needed to water it twice a day and now with Septembers “every day has rain” policy it’s really looking good.