Typhoon 21

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

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, It’s too 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” ハンガーノック Hanga-Nokkuin Japanese. Generally, I 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 After a meagre 30 kilometres of cycling, I hit the wall and…. me hit it hard. Luckily the route is jampacked with convenience stores which stock hundreds of sugary caregivers like this “lifeguard” to recharge my poor, zapped body 🙂

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 Awaji 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 “100 flower honey”. 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.

Die Hornet, Die!

The remains of  Japanese giant hornets which attacked this Japanese honey bee hive! 100 points to the sticky paper! Is this to what I have to deal when I start bee-keeping?


Autumn brings typhoons, wind and rain and Higanbana flowers littering the rice paddy berms calling in the winter. “higan” a Buddhist term for the period of seven days around the Autumn equinox and “hana” the word flower.

Sugikoke, Hair cap moss

My hair moss really took off this summer. Required watering twice daily, So maybe it needs a better place to live? 杉苔(すぎこけ)