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The Ultimate Guide Of Japanese Wooden Cutting Board; The Best Wood And How to Maintain

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Isn’t there a stereotype that cooking connoisseurs and professional chefs use wooden cutting boards?

Despite the longing for wooden cutting boards, many people may hesitate to use it because it seems difficult to maintain. (So do I.)

Actually, the wooden cutting board isn’t just beautiful but also functional as a great kitchen tool for daily use.

The wooden cutting board has moderate elasticity and the kitchen knives last a long time. Moreover, the elasticity has the effect of preventing the arm is tired. Japanese cuisine chefs use well-sharp knives and are required to care for the food conditions such as texture, therefore they are referred to using wooden cutting boards that have elasticity.

Recently, stylish cutting boards have been introduced, but due to the difference in the performance, they can cause damage to Japanese knives. Indeed, Japanese knives have become popular overseas (you can often see them at COSTCO) along with Japanese cuisine, and Japanese wooden cutting boards are gradually becoming popular overseas as well.

I am going to tell you the benefits uses, and how to maintenance to keep your wooden cutting board in good shape long, especially about Japanese wooden cutting boards.

The Benefits Of Wooden Cutting Boards

To begin, I am going to tell you the attractive points of wooden cutting boards.

  1. Anti-bacterial
  2. Gentle To Knife
  3. Long-Lasting
  4. Easy To Handle Slippery And Juicy Foods
  5. Brings Warmth And Photogenic


I talk about the effect of “Phytoncide” in this post-the substance trees and plants contain to protect themselves from bacteria and insects. If you like to know, read this post later.

Anyway, due to the effect of “Phytoncide”, wood cutting board has powerful anti-bacterialproperty.

It depends on the tree, but like Hiba cypress (the family of Hinoki cypress) and Hinoki cypress cutting boards have a strong antibacterial effect.

Despite wooden cutting boards cannot be bleached, however, you can sand the surface or just the black spots with sandpaper and reuse the board.

Gentle To Knife

The wooden cutting board is gentle to the knife blade. The number of sharpening times is reduced.

As I said, using a wooden cutting board is as important as using a sharp knife to *Japanese cuisine chef “Itamae”,(板前) because Japanese cuisine is required how aesthetically and how emphasizing the natural taste as it is.

The heavy (thick) wooden cutting board has more elastic, which means gentle better to the knife blade and your arm. In order to absorb the impact of the kitchen knife and reduce your wrist feeling of fatigue, it is recommended to select as heavy (thick) one as possible.

However, in the national food safety law, wooden cutting boards are not recommended to use for serving foods at restaurants as considering the sanitizing way. Yet, it is said that professionals prefer using wooden cutting boards for work and private.


One of the most noticeable benefits of wooden cutting boards is their durability.

Also, they can be regenerated as many times as you like by scraping the surface.

With proper maintenance, the wooden cutting board can last for decades.

Easy To Handle Slippery And Juicy Foods

Also, compared to other materials, The wood absorbs excess water and juice of the food, so there is less concern that the food will slip on the cutting board. If you follow the ritual- rinse with water before using, the odor from ingredients will not easily remain.

Of course, the chances of injury are low.

Brings Warmth And Photogenic

Well, it is important, right???

Like wooden bath accessories as I mentioned in this post, wooden products bring natural warmth in your kitchen even it is on the counter.

Also, you can use the serving board for an appetizer- take pics and upload them on Instagram!

Indeed, sushi restaurants in Japan often use Hinoki cypress sushi serving board, so a small Hinoki cutting board will be a good accessory when serving sushi.

Which Is The Best Japanese Wooden Cutting Board For You?

There are various Japanese wooden cutting boards; “Ginkgo”, “Hinoki cypress”, “Cherry blossoms tree”, “Empress Tree”, and “Hiba Tree”.

Among them, Ginkgo and Hinoki cypress are recommended for beginners.


  1. Moderately oily and excellent drainage
  2. Soft, gentle to kitchen knives
  3. Restoring force; rarely warpage or distortion

Hinoki Cypress

  1. Beautiful, fine Grain
  2. Excellent elasticity
  3. Cozy Sounds

The Ginkgo Cutting Board

ginkgo tree

  • Gentle to Knives
  • Excellent drainage and easy-dry
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Smell resistance
  • Less distortion or crack due to temperature change

Ginkgo biloba, commonly known as ginkgo or gingko is a very common tree in Japan.

Ginkgo tree contains rich oil, thus the cutting board has excellent drainage and smell resistance.

Ginkgo has a finer texture than other trees. Even after continuing to use it, there is rarely bending.

If it is too soft, it will be easily damaged with a kitchen knife, but a ginkgo board is not too hard and not too soft.

It is also moderately soft and has excellent elasticity, which is gentle to knives and your wrist.
Since knife marks are less likely to remain, the cutting board will last longer.

Because of these benefits of Ginkgo cutting boards, Japanese professional chefs say that the “ginkgo cutting board can be the best wooden cutting board.”

HONMAMON Cutting Board Ginkgo Laminated Lumber Made in Japan

  • Excellent elasticity doesn’t dull your knife blade
  • Due to rich natural tree oil contains ginkgo cutting boards are known for drains well and less decayed.
  • Made of Japan domestic wood, made in Japan
  • Dry it well after used
  • A prepolymer coating is applied to the sides to prevent moisture.
  • Do not use a dishwasher
  • Size :350 mm(13.8inch) (L) x 200 mm(7.9inch) (W) × 20 mm(0.8inch) (H)

The Hinoki Cutting Board

hinoki cypress

  • Beautiful color
  • Gentle to knife
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Excellent drainage and easy-dry
  • Rich wood tar
  • Nice woody scent

Japanese cypress aka Hinoki is called “the king of trees” in Japan.

The grain of the wood is fine, beautiful, and the perfect softness for elasticity. The cutting-touch is very nice and feels good when used.

Hinoki cypress is known for its strong antibacterial and deodorant effects, which are the reason that sushi chefs use Hinoki wooden products such as sushi rice mixing tubs, serving boards, and also leaves are placed under the fresh seafood.

Besides, the cutting board has the natural power to restore knife marks to some extent by absorbing water.

A Hinoki cypress cutting board may have a wood tar that emerges from the surface or the cross-section, this is not a defective item.

Moreover, it is proof that wood is a healthy and natural product.

The wood tar has an antibacterial effect that prevents the growth of various bacteria, becomes stronger against water, and keep the original natural color.

If you get excess wood tar, rinse it off with warm water.

Yoshihiro Hinoki Cypress Japanese Natural Wooden Professional Grade Cutting Board

  • High-quality Hinoki Cypress Wood designed to reduce stress on your wrist and impact on the blade.
  • The best balance of excellent natural oil and natural components enhances its high performance.
  • The walnut rim provides extra resistance to warping and distortion.
  • Comfortable use
  • The easy-stand design works quick-drying.
  • Small: 11″ x 7″x 0.6″ (27.9cmx17.7cmx1.5cm); Medium: 13″ x 8.6″x 0.6″(33cm x 22cm x 1.5cm); Large: 15.4″ x 9.4″x 0.6″(39.2cm x 24cm x 1.5cm); X-Large: 17” x 10.25” x 0.75”(43cm x 26cm x 1.9cm) XX-Large: 19.6” x 11.8” x 0.75”(49.8cm x 30cm x 1.9cm)

Kiso Hinoki Cutting Boards, Made in Japan, Authentic Japanese Cypress

  • Made in Japan
  • Hinoki cypress grew in Kiso regions are well-known as the top 3 of Japan beautiful woods
  • High antibacterial
  • Softwoods, gentle to knife
  • Nice Hinoki scent
  • Most common wood cutting board in Japan

Among Hinoki cypress cutting boards, Aomori Hiba is one of the best materials for cutting boards. (Hiba is a family of the Hinoki cypress.) “Aomori Hiba” is called “an aroma tree” in Japan, since it has a strong aroma known for relaxation effect that relieves tension and calms down. Also, compared to other trees such as Hinoki cypress and ginkgo tree, it is more resistant to water and has amazing antibacterial activity against mold and germs.

Kikusumi Aomori Hiba Wood Cutting Board

  • Dimension: 30 X 30 X 2.5 cm
  • The high quality of Aomori Hiba
  • Japanese skilled craftsmen sand carefully selected Aomori hiba lumber for the cutting board.
  • Excellent gentle impacts to the blade
  • Japanese chefs prove Aomori Hiba quality
  • No need to oil Aomori Hiba wood due to its recovery force

Go to the second page to learn the ultimate guide about how to use and maintenance wooden cutting boards all you need to know!

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