When I was strolling around the streets along Shirakawa River in Kyoto, a stylish restaurant lit-up by warm light caught my eye. I jumped into the place (MIKAKU 2nd) and had western dinner there. When I asked for permission of taking photos of the place the owner showed me his other restaurant in the same building, which turned out to be a place where they serve only select authentic Japanese Beef cuisine.
When I asked, 'Oh, is this wagyu?', the owner said, 'No, it's Japanese beef, 和牛 (wagyu), but not wagyu, which is bred overseas'. According to the head chef/owner, in his restaurant only female beef which is bred in Mita city, Hyogo prefecture, is served, and there is a big difference in taste between Japanese authentic beef (wagyu) and overseas wagyu.
If you'd like to check out the difference, please go visit Beef Mikaku in Gion, Kyoto and try it out! The steak course dinner is from 10,000 yen to 22,000 yen. English menu available.
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.