last week I had some Kobe beef that was meltingly tender so I was reading up on it this morning....I saw a reference to how affordable it has become here in the states. One site had a link to Enzo's Meats in Market Hall - they are selling Wagyu (the breed of cattle used for Kobe beef) for $6.99 - 19.00 a pound....while this is not cheap it is quite a deal compared to what I've paid for Kobe beef in the past. I don't know what grade this is but it sounds worth investigating. Japanese Kobe beef's top grade (A5) has 20-25% fat by volume - our top (prime) grade of beef has 6-8% fat.
They recommend a quick searing - serving it rare.