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Mykita x Tajima Direct Rx x Dave Roberts
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Tajima Direct Rx
Dave Roberts

When reigning World Series Champion and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts
stopped by Tajima HQ to get fitted for new
Tajima Polarized Prescription Progressive Lenses
before departing to Spring Training,
he brought his favorite sunglass frames
made by German luxury eyewear brand Mykita.
What Dave didn’t know at the time,
Tajima is the polarized lens supplier to this iconic Berlin-based brand.


The result of this global and cultural mash-up of industry leaders and champions
debuted Friday at Dodgers Stadium on Opening Day!
Tajima’s Patented Polarized Lens Technology, made in Japan
Mykita’s Innovative Frame Designs, made in Germany
Tajima’s Advanced Digital Prescription Lens Technology,
custom made and assembled in California
For World Series Champion manager Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers

“Leo’s View” No. 1 – America’s Cup Edition
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“LEO’S VIEW” is the first in an ongoing series of Q & A’s … where we will see and hear about the evolution of the sport of sailing at the highest level through the eyes and view of one of the hottest young rising stars in the game today, Japanese-born New Zealander Leonard Takahashi. Leo will be Japan’s Olympic 49er representative at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, core member and flight controller on Japan’s SailGP entry, former Kiwi Youth Match Racing champion and perhaps one of the top all around young sailors in the world today who is part of the “youth movement” defining the future of the sport. We’ll be catching up with Leo after each big event on his schedule to hear his thoughts on the event as well as where he sees the sport going and how it’s evolving – through his eyes. Interviewed, and brought to you by, shaking up the eyewear industry with their innovative and patented premium polarized lens technology allowing you to Read the Breeze and see detail like never before. Prescription and non-prescription polarized lens replacement for any brand, and virtually any frame style.

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Tajima Direct: As a rising star on the Olympic and professional circuits, tapped to do radio commentary in your home country of New Zealand for the America’s Cup alongside legendary Peter Montgomery, what does the new frontier of sailing look like to you? Is it all about foilers, skiffs and cats?

LEO: I would say there is a yes and a no to this question … for me personally I have done lots of sailing on the keelboats in New Zealand, whether it was match racing or doing the big boat series they have in Auckland and I really enjoy this type of sailing. It is so tactical and the skills I have learnt from sailing on big boats/match racing has really translated into how I sail the 49er in different aspects of the race. But the way the sport is going right now is really cool, too, high speeds and the adrenaline rush makes it really interesting and fun for spectators and for the sailors. But a wise person always told me that it is very important to open yourself to every kind of sailing and gather skills from different boats and I still hold myself to that.

TD: Reigning Olympic Gold Medalists and just-crowned America’s Cup champions Pete Burling and Blair Tuke are your main competitors in the 49er – both in New Zealand – but also at the upcoming Olympics and SailGP circuit. As you prepare to represent your birth-country of Japan at the upcoming Tokyo Games in the 49er and this month’s Bermuda SailGP, how do you beat these guys and what makes them so tough?

LEO: Many have tried and many have failed, it will really take a special team to beat them. They are the complete team, perfect in every part of the course. What makes them so good is that they make the least mistakes compared to anyone else on the course, and if they do make a mistake they can stop the snowball effect and get back on track fast. And at the end of the day you can win in any sport if you make the least mistakes on the day.

TD: The new world of sailing that is exciting and attracting top youth like yourself is fast, athletic and wicked fun! Is it possible to prioritize speed, athleticism and tactics – or do you simply need all three to win?

LEO: It is super exciting to see where the sport is going, there definitely is priority. You need to have the athleticism without question. You need to be explosive and then have durability to last the whole event. I think speed is the highest priority because if you can have the speed edge on the fleet then the tactics will be easier. But to be the complete sailor and to have no flaws you need to have tactics and speed at the highest level to compete with the best.

TD: One surprising element to many as they watched the America’s Cup, was the need and importance put on the human element. Great racing due to great decisions from the sailors and hardly any mistakes. Real tactics and real hand to hand combat. Breeze reading and boat positioning was paramount – from starting box to finish. Many would say the human element and breeze reading was the difference maker through the Prada Cup but also in the Match itself. How important is breeze reading in fast foiling boats and the Olympic 49er? Isn’t pressure (and angle) of paramount importance?

LEO: The technology is so advanced in the SAILGP and the Cup. All the boats have very high tech software with speed targets and screens which tells the skipper where to put the boat to have the best angle to the mark. But sometimes the breeze is shifty or up and down and the software won’t be able keep up. That is when then human factor is important. The teams need to be able to switch on and use their own intuition to make decisions on the shifts and where the next pressure will be. We saw this in the Match when Pete Burling was able to exploit the Prada team’s weakness of dual helmsman. Since the two helmsmen do not cross sides, it makes it difficult for them to make key decisions especially when the breeze is shifty, they lose lots of vision and splits the decision making. This meant the Kiwis were able to have Glenn Ashby on either side with plenty of vision and in that way they were able to look for the breeze … the holes and the shifts much easier.

TD: With the speeds these boats are achieving combined with the athleticism and skill required from the sailors, we’re now seeing helmets and body armor more as the norm than the exception. How important is eye protection combined with the ability to Read the Breeze? Is that one of the reasons you’ve chosen to wear Tajima Lenses?

LEO: Even with the speeds increasing the wind is still very important to read. The apparent wind increasing means that we are overtaking gusts which is so unreal to think about. Eye protection is critically important, especially growing up in NZ where the sun is harsh. It’s so important to wear eye protection to keep your eyes safe, yet remain open while reading the course at such hi speeds and spray pelting you. You can definitely underestimate the sun so I am fortunate that we have such good eye protection technology that comes along with sharp lenses that help me read the breeze better.

TD: As a fan of Tajima Lenses for protection from both impact and the elements, along with sharp visual detail and clarity – are there particular lens tints or colors that you prefer for certain conditions? Do you stick with one favorite or prefer to have a small arsenal of specific performance tints for advantages in various wind and sun conditions?

LEO: For me, I rely on a few tints. Gray Blue Mirror, and Silver Mirror for brighter conditions and sharp tones. I really rate the Brown 15 Green Mirror highly due to the additional contrast and detail they provide. It’s a bit of a hybrid lens that you can use when it is sunny and overcast. When in overcast conditions it really highlights contrast, detail and outlines the gusts and wind really well. I think it is very important to have/ get used to using different tints for the different wind and sun conditions, so I am really grateful that Tajima has given me the option to use so many different tints. Their Best Polarized Lens Tints for Sailing guide was quite helpful for me, too.

TD: What’s next for Leo…what do the next 2 – 3 months of sailing look like for you?

LEO: I head off to Bermuda soon to participate in the first SAILGP event. From then we will be linking up with teams to train over in Europe. Japan has put up restrictions on athletes coming early so we will go to Europe and practice in the 49er in the big waves and swell. After June it will be full swing in Japan on our lead up to the Tokyo 2020 games.


You can order new Tajima polarized lenses (including prescription) to be installed into your favorite frames here.

How To: Clean and Take Care of Your Lenses
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You bought those super sharp Tajima Direct™ polarized replacement lenses, or brand new prescription lenses to upgrade your vision – but also to protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around your eyes. Your lenses block out harmful UV Rays, remove harsh glare while sharpening your view – but they’re also your outside layer of optical-armor. Shielding your eyes from dirt, dust, salt-spray and all types of flotsam and jetsam coming at you. All that gunk builds up on your lenses. So let’s talk about how you keep those new lenses clean and why it’s important to properly care for your Tajima™ polarized lenses with proper technique and tools. Like any smart investment, if you take that extra care to clean and protect your new Tajima Direct polarized or prescription lenses, they’ll take great care of you for a long, lasting time.

Improper cleaning can do more damage to your lenses than not cleaning them at all.

First rule. Don’t use that T-shirt or top to clean your lenses! The fibers and material will leave micro scratches – especially if it has salt, sand or dust embedded – which it likely does. Second no-no – don’t wipe those lenses off while the dirt, dust, salt or sand is on your lenses. Unless of course, you prefer cleaning your lenses with sandpaper. You want to avoid “rubbing” the particles into your beautiful lenses which will result in immediate micro-scratching.

Here’s your simple, three-step guide to proper lens cleaning and care for a sharper view and longer life:

1. Rinse your Lenses

Fresh water will do wonders. And if you have sunscreen, skin oils, or fingerprints on your lenses, a little warm water and non-abrasive dish soap will work for removing particles, impurities and oils. Use your clean fingers to gently swirl the water and dish soap on and around your lenses removing the oils. Then thoroughly rinse with fresh water.

2. Tamp Dry with Microfiber

What is Microfiber? Think of it as the chamois used to dry your car after it’s washed and rinsed. Take out the Microfiber cleaning cloth or Microfiber storage pouch provided with your Tajima Direct polarized lens purchase. Tamp your lenses dry. Then, with another, dry section of the microfiber, wipe them clean. Always avoid beach towels, golf towels, or towels of any sort as they usually have impurities stuck in the fibers and their material construction will damage your lenses as you wipe. Avoid T-shirts and any other non-microfiber cloth. Feel free to toss your microfiber in the washing machine every once in a while to remove dirt and particles and keep clean for continued use.

3. Storage

Always store your frames and lenses in a microfiber pouch / soft or hard case. Not only will it protect them, you’ll keep daily dust and dirt away. We love the microfiber storage pouch. Why? It offers two-in-one functionality: Protects your lenses and acts as a built-in lens wipe always at your disposal.


OK, so you live an active life. You get outside – that’s why you bought Tajima Direct lenses in the first place: you demand a sharp, colorful view and appreciate quality lenses to enhance your active life. Maybe you sail, fish, play golf, tennis, hike, climb, bike, or just enjoy the beach, mountains and great outdoors. These activities expose you to particles and airborne elements that will impede your view as they cake on your lenses, so how do you clean your lenses while out doing your thing?

1. Drinking Water is your Friend!

Whether on a boat, golf course, hike or simply enjoying the beach, STOP. Before you reach to wipe your lenses clean while they have salt spray, sand or dust on them – take your fresh drinking water and splash or spray a little on your lenses, then gently shake the water and loosened particles from the lenses. Then wipe clean with your clean microfiber cloth or pouch.

2. Microfiber Cleaning Cloth / Pouch

When you purchase Tajima Direct lenses, we automatically supply you with the finest cleaning tool in your arsenal (your chamois!) – your Microfiber cloth or pouch. Keep it clean. Have it with you and stored so it’s free of sand, dirt, dust, etc. After you spray your lenses with fresh water, use that micro fiber to tamp your lenses dry and then wipe clean. Boom! You’ve got clean windows for your eyes again and you can resume play.

  • Be sure to shake your micro fiber free of particles then rinse it in freshwater at the end of the session and let it dry for the next day (feel free to toss it in the washing machine and dryer).

3. You’re a sailor or a fisherman … your lenses are caked with salt, and it’s wet out.

  • Fresh water and micro fiber are your friends. See Pro Tips 1 and 2 above.
  • If you can’t keep your microfiber dry, or it’s already too wet, and salt spray is caking up on your lenses. Don’t fret.
  • Use your fresh drinking water and give your lenses a hard spray to wash off the caked salt crystals. All Tajima Direct polarized and Rx lenses have a special Hydrophobic outer lens coating treatment to help shed water. While salt spray can still cake on, when you spray fresh water on your lenses, the hydrophobic lens coating will help “shed” and disperse the salt crystals and impurities off the lens. Just put them on and go. The salt crystals will be gone and fresh water dispersed – leaving a cleaner view than before.
  • No drinking water…no problem. Grab your frames in your hand – securely holding the front of the frames and lenses in your palm (arms to swing free so not to break a hinge). Carefully swipe into the ocean or body of water you’re on. As you carefully and securely give them a swipe, the salt crystals and impurities will come right off and the special hydrophobic coating will allow the excess water to run right off giving you some temporary reprieve. Continue as necessary until you can provide a proper fresh water cleaning.
  • If your lenses started off the day clean of oils and sunscreens, this Pro Tip will work. As the day wears on and skin oils and sunscreens cake on your lenses, a proper clean will be necessary as the oils and water don’t mix.

4. Pro Tip Summary:

  • Fresh Water is your friend
  • Clean Microfiber cloths / pouches are multi-purpose – invest in them and keep clean and handy. Microfiber storage pouch pulls double-duty as a lens cleaning cloth and storage / carry unit.
  • Daily lens rinsing after use to remove impurities, as well as oils and sunscreen build-up.

Make these cleaning tips part of your daily regime and routine and not only will your lenses be sparkling clean, they’ll last much longer than you think. Like anything in life, take care of your lens investment and your Tajima Direct lenses will take care of you!