*Japan boarder is still closed for the tourist, and I don't predict that boarder would be opened in this year.
If you're not in Japan now, to mail me is almost meaningless for both of you and me.
Hi, my name is Aki and I’m a beekeeper in Awa city, Tokushima.
I take care of my european honey bees that are placed around the Yoshinogawa river, which give the bees access to harvest pollen from many different flowers and trees.
I tend to my bees nearly every day, hand-craft the hives and prepare jars for harvesting the honey. Come spring and fall, I harvest the honey.
I have many hives and they continue to increase. Therefore, I cannot take care of them alone, and need help looking after them.
Beekeeping is fun and interesting as you think.
But it involves tough work like heavy lifting.
If you recognize this place is just recreation spot or kids education spot, you feel this place is tiring (and I regret to invite you definitely ).
My beekeeping style is organized by heavy lifting work basically.
I have invited several weird volunteers who doesn't have social common sense unfortunately. I don't afford to let weird volunteers stay my place anymore. I really need helpful volunteers who have the thoughtfulness, consideration, preparedness, motivation to help me, and motivation to practice learning what beekeeping is like .
In my place, host(me ) and volunteers are close.
I invite two volunteers generally.
It means three people in my place including me.
Maximum is three volunteers.
In this COVID situation, it’s hard to get the volunteers.
There may be the situation that volunteer is only you.
You can ask me easy how many volunteers are going to stay my place while you stay here.(I understand it’s important information especially for woman.)
We share the same house and kitchen, any amenities together.
And, we have the lunch together.
If you don’t like this kind of circumstance, I don’t recommend you to stay here.
This place require the teamwork of two or three people. It means that to make the harmony to other members are first priority, but not showing your weird ego, unique philosophy, unique opinion, egocentric lifestyle. I saw volunteers make the bad atmosphere each other several times.
Be nice to each other, and be thoughtful to each other, but Don't make the bad atmosphere in my place. It makes my delicious lunch meal turn to be bad taste!
Gender and sexual orientation are irrelevant so long as you’re interested in my work.
When you mail me, please try to make proper sentence so that I can understand what kind of person you're like. If I feel your consideration or thoughtfulness or truth intellectual curiousness about the bees from your text, I will effort to reply you back in one day with the respect to you. And i will show you the video what my place is like.
I appreciate to everybody who use their own precious time to me!
(I didn't ask you to mail me long long long text)
If you mail me ridiculous easy sentence like...
"Hey, bro. How are you?
Beekeeping is sounds fun.
Hope to see you.
I will just block you without replying silently.
(I feel that middle eastern county people are tend to send me this kind of fuc***g easy sentence. I'm curious that that's their cultural thing.)
Be careful when you make the text anyway.
I must avoid to invite the weird volunteers.
Pratique d’une langue
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Aide à la maison
You can learn how to take care of honey bees and gain insight to a Japanese lifestyle.
For a short time you will learn how to manage and live a beekeeper’s life, and you will see what tasks there are to be done in a beekeeper’s home.
I will provide 3 meals a day for you and prepare your bed. In the mornings and evenings, please prepare your own breakfast and supper with the ingredients provided. You are welcome to cook the other meals if you’re interested, but it’s not necessary. I will try to accommodate your dietary needs but please keep in mind that I am working with a limited budget.
I'll effort to let you enjoy staying here, please help me back as good as you can. This is ideal relationship between host and volunteer guests, I think.
Please, relax. I’m not strict guy.
Many volunteers say "it's no stress here"
Some people misunderstand that beekeeping is easy peasy like that bees manage their life themselves so that beekeeper don't usually do anything. If you think so, it's completely different. Beekeeping requires lot of effort and experience, knowledge, determine. That's very deep to learn and practice, even I feel it worth to use my entire own life.
If you're interested in trying to do beekeeping yourself someday, I have a confident that my place is so good to stay here.
Are you ready to learn and practice a lot !?;-)
I will teach you how to open my hives and confirm whether there is queen bee or not, and if any of the bees are sick. We will travel between my bee hives around Tokushima to check on the hives. In May and June, September, October, we will harvest honey together and put it into jars.
I will also show you how to craft the hives and comb frames, and prepare the areas in and around the hives.
I'll provide you the beekeeping equipment, like rubber boots, jumpsuit, the net for protection your face, hat, glove and anything.
So you don't need to prepare anything for Beekeeping, but you are gonna be stung by bees at least twice or three times.
You know that's beekeeping ;-)
(If you have thin long sleeve pants and thin long sleeve Tshirts, it's better to protect your skin from bees penetrate stings)
I recommend you to take the insurance for taking the medical care just in case. Because it's outdoor work.
I've invited more than 70 volunteers, and I took volunteer to hospital is only one time. Bee sting is painful for five minutes, and you're gonna understand it's not big deal.
Your parts of body is gonna be swollen up, and it would recover in a week. Don't be afraid that.
Some volunteers say "I like this my swollen up hand", and I have same feeling as them. Yes, you're gonna like it ;-)
I ain't an organic farmer, but just specialist of bee. I would ask you to use herbicide or something chemical stuff. Please, obey and understand that. I'm not using these things for fun, it's necessary to manage my place.
I don't want to write the documents for you to getting some kind of tourist visa, so please don't ask me that.
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I have two traditional tatami rooms and japanese style beds (futon).
We have one shared bathroom with a hot shower and a waterless toilet.
The house gets very hot in summer and only one room has air conditioning. There are fans but please be prepared for the heat.
There are good places for hiking and running nearby in the hills and within 2 hours you can get to Mt.Tsurugi and the Iya valley. I have some bicycles for your disposal.
River Anabuki is close by and great for swimming, it’s 30 min away by car.
My house is in between temples 9 and 10 of the 88 temple pilgrimage.
My house is near to Kamojima station so you can go on a trip somewhere by train.
Tokushima prefecture is in Shikoku island. If you want to come to my house, go to Tokushima station first (from Osaka it’s 3 hours by bus), then go to Kamojima station by train.
I can easily pick you up and drop you off from Kamojima station.
.... honestly, Shikoku island including Tokushima doesn't have many famous tourists spot.
...But, it's not just famous tourists spot.
I know many HIDDEN STUNNING NATURE SPOT where tourists don't know.
This is what you want to see in Japan travel, isn't it ?
If you are nice to me, and you're interested in visiting nice spots, let's go together!
I said that my place is not recreation spot.
if you're nice volunteer, I will try to provide you more valuable experience and memories than just recreation. I already feel the dept and appreciation to you, because you're gonna try to text me and help me.
Thanks to read my long long long profile.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Plus de 2
5 hours per day, max 5 days a week
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