I got into beekeeping here in Japan last year. I ran across a Japanese guys blog who builds his own traditional Japanese bee hives. My wife and I have a pretty nice size garden and I thought it would be great to have some bees for pollination and honey. I built a traditional Japanese hive which is basically four cedar boards screwed together and a 6 top bar removable frame set screwed in on the top box for the bees to draw comb. I caught a feral swarm of Italians in late June and was thrilled. After reading about other kinds of hives I decided to build a Kenyan Top Bar Hive complete with an observation window. After I built it, I just had to move the bees into it so I could observe them. To make a long story short, during the move, the bees were attacked and killed by Giant Japanese hornets. This is the largest hornet in the world and kill about 80 people a year here in Japan. It was a tragedy but I ready for them this year. I built a Tanzanian TBH so I could use standard Langstroth frames and have already received my bees and an Australian raised Italian Queen. She is installed and I can't wait to go check the hive on Monday. Cheers to everyone on the form.