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[Kiso Cypress, a National Treasure]

Kiso cypress is mostly found in the Kiso Valley area of Nagano Prefecture and the Kashimo district of Nakatsugawa City, Gifu Prefecture. The name "Kiso cypress” comes from the fact that this area was called "Kiso" or "Ura-Kiso" from ancient times. It has excellent durability, high antibacterial properties, fragrance, and beauty, and is used in some of Japan's most famous buildings and Buddhist statues, including Horyuji Temple and Yakushiji Temple in Nara Prefecture, the Honmaru Palace of Nagoya Castle, and Ise Shrine.

The Kiso cypress first attracted attention as a building material in the Azuchi-Momoyama period, when Toyotomi Hideyoshi became the ruler. The construction of Osaka Castle and Fushimi Castle led to the use of Kiso cypress throughout Japan. The Owari clan, concerned about the depletion of resources due to mass logging, set strict rules and took measures to protect the forests. The Owari domain was strictly controlled by the government until 1869, and thereafter.

Azmaya's Cutting Board is made from this precious Kiso cypress, which is over 200 years old and of good quality. Among cutting boards, wood is said to be less likely to damage knives, and even if it gets dirty or dented, you can use it for a long time by scraping the surface.

We currently have Cutting Board S on display in our Ginza Showroom. Please visit us if you are in the area.

Azmaya's Cutting Board
https://www.shokunin.com/en/azmaya/manaita.html 
Ginza Showroom (Open from 9:00-18:00 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
https://www.shokunin.com/en/showroom/ginza.html

References:
https://kisohinoki300.com/pages/kiso-hinoki
https://www.rinya.maff.go.jp/chubu/policy/business/sigoto/kiso-hinoki/hinoki01_01.html