What makes Japan’s top wagyu beef brands so popular?
Kobe Beef. Matsuzaka Beef. Omi Beef. These are the top three wagyu brands in Japan historically but in the last 20-30 years Japanese Wagyu brands have really increased. This episode starts the Omi Beef, a Kuroge Wagyu Story. We track the beef back to the ranch in the Omihachiman area near Lake Biwa.

Grill Japanese wagyu steak

Japanese Wagyu Beef has a long history dating back to the Sengaku Period when European missionaries brought their beef eating culture to Japan. During the Tokugawa Shogunate or Edo period, eating 4-legged creatures was banned, but when the Meiji Era (1868) ended the Shogunate, western culture was adapted and gradually Japanese returned to eating tasty wagyu beef in the cities.

Kevin Riley, chef of Kuma’s Kitchen joins me for this Farm to Table story.
His cooking channel ▶︎ https://www.youtube.com/kumaskitchen

Thank you Shiga Prefecture!