Umi zatō and the Origins of the Name

January 09, 2019

Umi zatō and the Origins of the Name

We know the name "Umizato" has been a struggle for many to pronounce and remember, so we thought it would be a good idea to let you in on the story behind the name.

Umi zatō (海座頭) is a Japanese yōkai, or a mythic aquatic creature, thought up by Edo-period artists. The direct translation is "blind man of the sea" who wanders the seas at night, tapping waves with their long canes. There are almost no stories about Umi zatō, but are usually considered to be harmless and leave people alone.

Sleep deprivation is often caused by modern day technology, when our eyes are often glued to screen for 8+ hours a day. Blue light is not completely bad, but too much of a certain wavelength has been known to alter melatonin levels, which lead to sleep issues. We are hoping "Umizato" is here to help those in need of protection, by providing handcrafted innovative blue light filtering glasses that also fit your style.


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