Honeybee Apiary (#1) Preparation » Farm & Garden » Ōmishima, Imabari, Ehime, Japan


We have a lot of irons in the fire: the process of incorporating our business, living in our akiya during extensive renovations, finding and prepping farmland, and settling in to life in another foreign country, all while staying on the Startup Visa schedule. But today we’re going to take a look at just one of our current projects: our first honeybee apiary!

The first step was to get our 9 new Japanese hive boxes constructed and installed. I’ll go into much more detail in the coming months and years, regarding Japanese hives vs. Western hives vs. Flowhives vs. horizontal hives. Eventually, we plan to design and build our own horizontal hives, based on Evan’s extensive research. But due to the time constraints of the Startup Visa process, which requires us to demonstrate to the Japanese government that we can operate a viable business, we opted to purchase and build Japanese hive boxes, in order to to meet our initial timeline goals. Those of you who keep bees will be interested to see the difference in construction. Look at those cute little windows!

As we continue prepping this honeybee apiary, and the next, what sort of honeybee content would y’all like to see? If you have any specific topics or questions, please let me know. We want to eventually focus on this kind of content, and in the meantime, I’m happy to cater topics to what you’re interested in.

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Japan has an estimated 8.5 million akiya (abandoned homes), and we’ve purchased one of them! The akiya we’re currently renovating was purchased for ¥1 Million ($7500 USD). We have our work cut out for us! The house is in a great location for attracting tourists as they ride their bicycles along the Shimanami Kaido, so we currently intend to renovate it into a guesthouse rental. We will renovate a second nearby akiya for our own homestead, and restore nearby farmland that’s been sitting unused for over a decade. We’ve just received our 6-month Startup Visa, which will then allow us to apply for a 1-year Business Manager Visa, and essentially sponsor our own residency in Japan.

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