Mr. Ozaki studied agriculture in the United States, where he worked on a farm in a desert. Water to sprinkle on the fields and give the cows to drink was purchased outright, and the farm, spanning 3000ha in size, drew close to 1B JPY in water and power costs. He spent 15 months on the farm, but it only rained for about 20 days out of the year. If water was not sprinkled on the fields, they would turn back into a desert. Miyazaki, where Mr. Ozaki’s farm is now located, has a temperate climate year-round and has ample rain, with grass growing in profusion if the fields are left open to grazing. Mr. Ozaki says he felt inspired by this area in Southern Kyushu, which, with its natural blessings, seem to be calling out for someone to have cattle graze the fields. After returning to Japan, he bought and rented various plots and studied the best way to prepare the pasture. The compost used for Ozaki Beef is entirely organic. The compost is returned to the fields and grass produced, which is then fed to the cattle. Since his days working on the pastures, he felt that producing a real organic farm required using compost, fertilizer, and fodder produced by his own hands, at his own farm.
Miyazaki is a sacred place home to various legends about gods that descended from the heavens. Pictured is the volcanic Kirishima mountain range that spans Miyazaki Prefecture and Kagoshima Prefecture.