My introduction to Kobe beef came at the old Ginza Sushi Ko where chef Masa Takayama sliced a small sliver of Kobe beef, seared it and then served it on a pillow of rice. Looking at it, I recall saying to myself, "You've got to be kidding"; however, it was a revelation! The flavors just exploded in my mouth and lasted for minutes.
I'm sure it was imported from Japan. Is there anything like this available in LA restaurants today?