A short film "First Harvest" documenting Kyoto University of Arts and Design Beekeeping Club is now released!

FEAST HQ From the Field, WG3

A short firm “First Harvest” is now ready for viewing, which Rika Shinkai of the FEAST Mitsubachi Team interviewed a beekeeping club at Kyoto University of Art & Design with Dr. Martin Gruber, a visual anthropologist at the University of Bremen. <First Harvest> The film ‘First Harvest’ introduces some of the Kyoto University of Arts and Design Beekeeping Club’s activities. Under the guidance of their teacher a number of students come together regularly to keep a colony of Japanese Honeybees on the premises of their University. The film juxtaposes interview material and observational footage of the students’ first honey harvest. ‘First Harvest’ deals with beekeeping practice and the acquisition of …

Visiting an Organic Farm in Keihoku, Kyoto (Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin, RIHN Visiting Research Fellow/Chulalongkorn University)

FEAST HQ From the Field, Report

From June 15 to 16, FEAST project researcher (Mai Kobayashi) and I (visiting researcher from Chulalongkorn University) visited an organic farm located in Keihoku district in northern Kyoto. The farm we visited is named “Tagayashi-uta Farm,” which literally means “plowing song farm.” There, I was given a great opportunity to experience working on a small scale family farm in an up-land mountainous village of Japan. As a researcher interested in sustainable upland agriculture economies in Thailand, this visit was particularly significant as I was able to exchange knowledge based on each other’s experiences, and compare the different challenges and strategies seen between Japan and Thailand. Nami and Naoya, the farm …

Learning beehive experience in Kameoka (Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin, RIHN Visiting Research Fellow/Chulalongkorn University)

FEAST HQ From the Field, Report

On June 12th, FEAST’s researcher Max Spiegelberg, RIHN guest researcher Rika Shinkai and I joined a small international session on the Asian Honeybee Apis cerana and the beekeeping practices organized by Professor Fumio Sakamoto at Kyoto Gakuen University in Kameoka, who is also the founder of Kyoto apis cerana japonica Lab.  Besides us, also Tai Ezumi from NPO Terra Rennaissance, promoting beekeeping within a project on community development in a landmine contaminated area in Cambodia as well as Ikumi and Yuichi Shiga from the Japanese Bee Weekend Beekeepers Club among others attended. We learned that different types of honeybees have different habitats. The Asian bee (Apis cerana) has 4 sub-species …