100 year history started

Established in the year Taisho 1 (1912) - pioneer of the apiculture in Japan

Mr. Matsujiro Mizutani started the company in the year Taisho 1 (1912) in Mie Prefecture. Since then Mizutani Bee Farm have been in business with bees for 100 years.
While keeping some bees Matsujiro was impressed by the fact that not only human beings but all living creatures have benefited by the working of the bees. Mizutani Bee Farm who celebrated the centennial anniversary in 2012 inherit Matsujiro’s feeling and wish to tell people the greatness of the bee-keeping.

100 year history started with only three bee hives

Honey comb in early 1930’s.

Getting honey near Ohmi-Hachiman in Shiga Prefecture in 1930.

The founder, Matsujiro Mizutani, bought three bee hives of the western bees from Gifu Prefecture where the bee keeping was very popular at that time. Back in those days the bee keeping main stream was to collect honey from the flowers around the bee hives which were set at the fixed places. Matsujiro was impressed by the tastiness of the honey collected by the bees and the joy of the family and the neighbors who tasted it and he decided to start the honey business fully by adopting the system of “changing apiaries” to travel with bees all over Japan following the flower seasons. This system is very unique at this time which allowed to collect the honey from specific flowers and which blazed the trail for the Japanese bee keeping.

Seeking flowers and moving from the south to the north

Bee farm in Tokachi-Plain of Hokkaido in 1930. Moving the bee hives to the north according to the flower season.

Winter the bee hives at Shima in Mie Prefecture in 1930.

Second generation Seiichi developed this technique further and laid the foundation for modern bee keeping.  He officially founded “Mizutani Brothers Bee Farm” in 1928(Showa 3) and established his own way of moving apiaries.  He invented one after another new techniques such as the safe way to transport bees from the south to the north according to the flower blooming seasons and the way to keep the natural taste and foodstuff of honey etc..  He was so versed in bees’ behavior that he was called the “God of Bees”.  He contributed to the training of successors and the development of the bee keeping businesses and he founded the Nippon Yoho Renmei (Japan Apiculture Federation) in 1939 (Showa 14).  In 1965 he was succeeded in the pollination of strawberries in the vinyl green house by using bees ahead of other areas of Japan.  Such great services and contributions were recognized and he was decorated with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Rays.

Seiichi Mizutani (second generation) holding the royal platform from which the royal jelly is collected.

Seiichi Mizutani was decorated with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Rays in 1991 in the recognition of the achievement in apiculture.