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Japanese honey stays in tune with nature and the city

A new project from Nihombashi Mitsukoshi and Japanese honey maestro L’Abeille is highlighting nature in the middle of the city – and adding a new variety of honey to L’Abeille’s line-up, which already spans 80 varieties across 10 countries

Tokyo enjoys a reputation as one of the most technologically advanced cities on the planet, but that is not to say that urban development has pushed nature out. You will find rivers winding through the city, peaceful shrines and parks punctuating the landscape. This is especially evident in Nihombashi, which is framed by the grand gardens of the Imperial Palace to the west, the expansive parks of Ueno to the north, Kiyosumi Gardens to the east and lush Hamarikyu to the south.

In March earlier this year, beehives were installed on the roof of Nihombashi Mitsukoshi’s Annex, affording the bees an exceptional selection of pollen from flowers across the approximately three-kilometre radius they are likely to fly within. The resulting mix of blossoms and flowers is then captured in honey form, evidence of the wealth of nature on the doorstep of the Nihombashi area. A tour is also available on your visit.

The fruits of the bees’ labour are available in-store to buy as pure Nihombashi Honey*, and it won’t be the last we hear from the buzzing hives.

*Limited quantities, which may not always be available to purchase

Location: Nihombashi Mitsukoshi main building, Annex B2F, L’Abeille

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