Miyazaki is both a prefecture and the capital city. The overall population is in the range of 400,000. There is an airport. Very few show up here on a train from Tokyo. I don't know anyone in Japan who has even visited Miyazaki, and, certainly, no one from the USA. Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held a major gathering at this Sheraton Grand Ocean Resort in 2000.
Pine Terrace, the breakfast area, seats 500. My day started there in a 50-yard line at 8:45AM. Fifteen minutes later I was seated, and the line was still 50 yards long. The buffet is similar to resorts on Asia...fabulous. More orchids in the entryway and my meal:
I stopped at Aeon Mall to see what Miyazaki wagyu beef costs here. Basically, $60/pound (versus $80/pound in Honolulu):
I asked where I could find fast food wagyu beef in town, and was sent to the Miyazaki Gourmet and Lantern Night:
The Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort is a short walk away from Florante Miyazaki, the site of this festival:
The crab stand guy angrily said don't take a photo, pointing to the sign:
But the Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Team was young and personable:
The beer and steak cost me $16. This was an ideal late lunch, for I have a 9PM dinner at the Sheraton teppanyaki restaurant where Miyazaki Wagyu Beef is featured.
Still, I hadn't seen a real Miyazaki cow, so I went to the Phoenix Nature Zoo:
A rare Bactrian Camel (only 10% have two humps), and the appearance of my Blue Bar Pigeon in the cage of a strange bird. The longest-eared goat I've ever seen, plus some pelicans:
They had a lot of goats, but no Miyazaki Wagyu Cattle. Of course, how often do you see a cow in a zoo?
After a long bath, I went up to the Club Lounge and had a champagne and scotch with salmon:
I then thought I'd scout around the building, and went to the top, the 43rd floor, which was dedicated to weddings:
In the basement was karaoke:
Dinner was, of course, Miyazaki Wagyu Beef. I'll minimize the text by mostly showing photos from Fukami:
Finally, an actual wagyu animal above. Didn't look close enough to determine if it was a cow, bull, ox or steer (the photo of the right is not a cow). There are four breeds of Japanese Black Cattle, which, over time, have been biologically engineered and physically treated to minimize muscle and maximize good fat (omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, with a minimum of saturated fats). Australian wagyu is just not quite the same, although in Western Australia, red wine is added to the diet. American wagyu is even less terrific and is usually an Black Angus.
Before ingredients for the grill:
I began with a plate of appetizers and a Miyazaki beer:
Scallops and mushrooms in a lot of butter and a piece of bread on the side. Then foie gras and unagi (Japanese eel):
I added a Cabernet Sauvignon.
I noticed that the son and daughter of the family to my right had spaghetti, but were given the dessert. This will be my best meals on this trip. Cost? Don't ask.
Tomorrow, back to Osaka.