“Wagyu” is the type of cattle that is cultivated to create Japan’s signature “Kobe Beef.” Wagyu cattle have been bred to produce very well marbled meat. The marbling is much more heavy than breeds found commonly in Europe and the west. Wagyu cattle are also a much younger breed, with breed origins dating back to only the 1960s, when Japan was in the midst of large socioeconomic changes. Prior to that time cattle were mainly kept for farm work, after that timer period cattle are mainly raised for beef. For comparison, the Angus breed as we know them today date back to the early-1800s.