About the Aomori Hiba cutting board
Although often overlooked, the cutting board is perhaps the most essential (after knives) tool in your kitchen for meal prep. Our cutting boards are made of Japanese Aomori Hiba trees which have excellent characteristics, they are light, anti-bacterial, anti-allergic, ultra-lightweight, and anti-stain, making it a great material for cutting boards. They are durable and have a distinct fragrance similar to pine.
We want you to enjoy our products for a long time, so Wasabi x Japana products are made with such a heart and spirit. Our finishing is basically non-coating because we would like you to enjoy the original refreshing smell, warm touch, beautiful grain of natural wood with your five senses. This way, you can enjoy changes of textures over the years, which is one of the good old Japanese senses.
Once you open a box, you will smell the rich refreshing wooden aroma, which is a trait of Aomori Hiba’s long-lasting natural sense. Since we really would like you to enjoy the aroma, we gently wrapped it by Japanese wrapping foil. It keeps the aroma inside but never disturbs the wood breathing. That is Wasabi’s packaging secret. The board comes in a white neat minimalist box with a golden stamp of originality. It works well for an official gift. All boards carry Japanese signature of Wasabi x Japana.
There are three kinds of woods known as Three Japanese Precious Woods called Aomori Hiba, Kiso Hinoki and Akita Sugi that we use in our materials. They are known for their superior quality and sturdiness and have been used to build shines, temples and traditional reception rooms.
Aomori Hiba includes more of Hinokitiol, an ingredient that kills more bacteria than any other wood. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-mold properties. In addition to the effect, hinokitiol has an odour eliminating any ammonia smells.
This is why cutting boards made of Aomori Hiba have a long established good reputation and are widely present in Japanese homes. They are used by Japanese professional chefs as superior quality boards.
It allows you to cut food more comfortably with less slippery on the board. This wood is also better for your knife’s edge, which means the sharpness of your kitchen knives lasts longer and is hygienic.
Our cutting boards are made of solid natural wood and we never use glue to stick them or chemical coating for protection purposes. Because every single piece is made by craftsmen with delicate care, we cannot produce on a large scale, however, we always check the quality by ourselves under the strict inspection criteria for you, our important customers.
Aomori Hiba grows up slowly and firmly in a harsh natural environment, the craftsmen we work with process it very carefully paying it respect. You can feel the craftsman’s soul when you see it’s finishing surface.