Nagoya City is in the news with a project to introduce honeybees in the city, as a way to get more people interested in environmental issues and biological diversity. The Japan Times writes:
Their beehive has been set up on the roof of a nine-story office building by the nonprofit environmental group Hisaya Eco Machi Net. The group says the urban area is a perfect environment to keep honeybees because it is free of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. "Honeybees are tame and never attack people unless people harm them," says Hisayoshi Uematsu, a Hisaya Eco Machi Net representative. The group's main activity is to increase green areas in Nagoya, so it plans to give any honey produced by the bees to local confectionary shops.
Hisaya Eco Machi Net is a new group with a great-looking website. Photos from their blog. One part of the project is to work with local pastry companies and create cakes using honey from the Hisaya Eco Machi Net. The educational side of the activities are not lost on the kids, who probably see bees for the first time.
(Hat tip to Pandabonium!)