is our branded beef that we can proudly offer to consumers.
in Japan, beef brands are acknowledged by region and branded-cows are fed within
the specified areas with unique fattening methods by the agricultural
organizations in each production area and district. When it comes to
Japanese-produced beef (wagyu), the most widely known brands are Omi, Matsuzaka
and Kobe. In fact, however, there is still a number of other high-quality but
unknown beef brands all over the country. Therefore, when selecting beef, we donüft
limit to any specific area and carefully select quality wagyu from a wide range
of areas. Thatüfs why we can stably provide oversea consumers with
wagyu producers are exactly like worriers, and deserve the title of WAGYU
SAMURAI. We discover competent wagyu farms full of ideas and precision
techniques from all over the country using our extensive network. Then we
carefully select only the highest-quality black hair wagyu. We created and
launched the WAGYU SAMURAI project to introduce such quality wagyu to
consumers all over the world.
WAGYU SAMURAI in OKINAWA
the Okinawa Islands, at the southernmost part of Japan, cows are fed food that
is rich in nutrients extracted from the sea that is populated by thick and vast
coral reefs. They also eat sugar cane. Sugar cane is not only sweet but also
contains a lot of minerals and nutrients. We think that sweet and tasty sugar
cane makes the cows happy, just the same as chocolate for us. Sugar cane makes
cows feel happy and relaxed and helps them grow up healthily in both body and
mind. As a matter of fact, the people in Okinawa live the longest in Japan and
they are also known to be familiar with the taste of life. Accordingly, WAGYU
SAMURAI from Okinawa grows cows freely to create a sweet beef with a rich
WAGU SAMURAI in MIYAZAKI
is in the east part of Kyushu, a little north of Okinawa. Its name can be found
in various mythologies. It is also the place where the Goddess of the Sun, Amaterasuoomikami,
who is the supreme god of Japan, was born. We donüft know if it is significant
or not, but Miyazaki has the most sunny days and the longest daylight hours in
Japan. It also said that the place where the Goddess was born has had the
fewest conflicts with neighboring areas.
SAMURAI in Miyazaki takes care of
cows with the warmth from the Goddess of the Sun combined with a gentle and delicate
sense of balance to achieve long-term regional peace. When the cows are still
young, it is important they build healthy bodies with high-calorie and
nutritious food rich in quality. After that you need to check the degree of
growth of each cow meticulously for fine adjustment such as to add low-calorie
rice and wheat as well as reduce extra fat etc., and take good care of every
single cow. As a result of their efforts, Miyazaki wagyu has won the Prime
Ministerüfs Award in 7 categories out of 9 at the National Wagyu Exhibition,
which is called the ügWagyu Olympicsüh. Moreover, at the grand sumo tournaments
of, Japanüfs national sport, one Miyazaki cow is presented to the winner as a prize.
WAGYU SAMURAI in GUNMA
is located to the north of Tokyo and takes the role of a ügwater potüh for the
capital region. In Gunma cows are fed with five grains (rice, wheat, Italian millet,
Japanese millet, and beans). We have the expression ügpray for the
productiveness of the five grainsüh and it shows our ancestors wished not only
for a bountiful harvest of these five grains but also for happiness of the
people and future prosperity. That means the five grains were vital
life-sustaining food for our ancestors.
the five grains is nutritionally excellent as each grain makes up any deficit
of the others. Therefore cows in Gunma fed with five grains are amazingly
healthy and never require any medicine such as antibiotics. The WAGYU
SAMURAI in Gunma patiently watch the natural growth of their cows without
using any hormones, drugs, or antibiotics. People in Gunma say that humans are
blessed with Mother Nature. So we should live our lives with a feeling of
gratitude and awe toward Nature and that we may grow up healthy both in body
and mind in return. Five-grain cows, with their hopes and expectations, grow to
be good cows with a healthy body.
WAGYU SAMURAI in SAITAMA
located next to Gunma, used to be called ügMusashiüh. Musashi means the place
where many worriers congregate as in an arsenal, the warehouse of the samurai and
it is recognized as the birthplace of the samurai. Today Saitama is known as an
energetic place with the highest ratio of working people (15-65 years old) in
WAGYU SAMURAI in Saitama adopted the method of adding 1% and more of
edible charcoal to the feed stuff. As you may know, charcoal is not just the worthless
ashes of wood. Old-time charcoal burners would eat charcoal to check their condition
and that made them famous for their good health and long lives. Charcoal
contains abundant minerals such as Calcium, Kalium, Iron, Manganese etc., as
well as Germanium to improve the blood circulation. Moderate intake of charcoal
improves the cowsüf immunity to disease and also supplements their nutrition.
Wagyu in Saitama growing up with a charcoal intake has an astonishingly
refreshing flavor with little cholesterol. Its fat tastes rich in flavor and
also it stays fresh for a long time.
described above, each wagyu has its unique individuality. Such a meticulous
attitude toward beef quality by Japanese farmers might be the best in the
world. Other than those above, there are a great number of WAGYU SAMURAIs all
over Japan. This time, in a memorable first issue, we would like to introduce
Miyazaki beef. The cows are fed with clean water, fine grains that mainly
consist of corns and barleys, and uniquely in Japan, rice straw. So their beef
is rich in amino acid and inosinic acid which are the source of umami. It also
contains much oleic acid as a flavor compound and you can savor the deep flavor
in your mouth. A vital factor of texture, ügsashi (fat)üh is soft with a lot of
linolenic acid and you can enjoy umami, flavor, and taste as never before.
ancient times in Japan, events related to the Gods such as festivals have been dominated
by the Emperor or noblemen while samurais have taken charge of issue adjustments
in this world such as politics or trials. Power and duties were divided to
each. As the result, the samurai acquired an extremely realistic awareness and
viewed ügdevoting their life to their own jobs and dutiesüh as the best virtue.
Their virtue formed the basis of the Japanese working ethic. We see the spirit
of the samurai passing from generation to generation by the people devoting
their energy to creating wagyu in various regions of Japan. That is why we
named them the WAGYU SAMURAI.
SAMURAI is our wholehearted project to introduce wagyu to people living outside
Japan. We invite you to taste the masterwork of samurais from all over
Japan for yourself.