Where We Are Going Today: Nippon Sayko, A slice of Japan in Jeddah

Updated 17 January 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Nippon Sayko, A slice of Japan in Jeddah

  • The store stocks everything from retro collections of anime figurines and merchandise from “Rose of Versailles”

For fans of Japanese pop culture, from anime and manga to action figures and comic books, Jeddah’s Nippon Sayko is a treasure trove.

The Red Sea Mall-based shop stocks everything from retro collections of anime figurines and merchandise from “Rose of Versailles” and “Treasure Island,” to 90s cult hits like “Detective Conan,” “Hunter X Hunter” and “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” Best-selling modern manga and anime series like “Attack on Titan,” “One-Punch Man” and “Tokyo Ghoul” also feature heavily.

Nippon Sayko not only focuses on anime collectibles, though, but also caters to the Kingdom’s K-pop fanbase, with T-shirts, posters and keyrings from all of Korea’s most popular artists on sale.

If Asian pop-culture is not your thing, though, the store also sells Japanese and Korean food, from savory delicacies to snacks and sweets, as well as other staple products, such as tea sets, Kimonos (Japanese traditional robes) and Korean Hanbok dresses.

Leena Al-Ghouti wraps up as LFW winds down

Gigi Hadid walking the Burberry show at LFW 2019.(AFP)
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Leena Al-Ghouti wraps up as LFW winds down

DUBAI: As Gigi Hadid walked the runway, Dubai-based influencer Leena Al-Ghouti showed up at the Burberry show at London Fashion Week in a chic ensemble.

The fashion influencer donned a black hijab, cat-eye shades and an uber-cool camel colored coat, with an oversized Burberry shawl, as she posed outside the show.

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Burberry earned its place — again — as one of the top shows in London Fashion Week on Sunday, according to Reuters, with a widely ranging catwalk show that honored the British brand’s long tradition but showed it is still ready to mix it up and set trends.

Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci showed in his second collection that he is perfectly comfortable stretching the Burberry look to keep its younger fans happy while easily switching gears to create classic, severely tailored ensembles that ooze chic.

The two sides of the Burberry coin were reflected in the two adjacent rooms where the collection was shown: one a sedate auditorium with comfortable, padded seats; the other a raucous wide-open space ringed by a climbing gym of the type young kids would use.

“I have been thinking a lot about England as a country of contrasts, from the structured to the rebellious and free, and I wanted to celebrate how these elements coexist,” Tisci said.

He said he had four characters in mind when putting the collection together: a girl and a boy, and a lady and a gentleman.

The transition was obvious as models went from street-style clothes — oversize puffer jackets, metallic ornamentation, revealing slip dresses, silver boots, faux fur, big red plastic sneakers — to subtle, timeless outfits in muted fall colors.

There were occasional references to the brand’s earlier incarnation as a purveyor of fine, traditional menswear as a few models were dressed in classic suits and ties, including one double-breasted throwback, Reuters reported.

Tisci made ample and imaginative use of the traditional Burberry trench and check, and paired a number of sexy evening dresses with full-length coats for a look at once provocative and classy.

There were a few eccentric touches, including an outfit set off by a giant scarf that paid homage to “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

For her part. Hadid took to the runway in a sporty, monochromatic ensemble featuring a miniskirt and black corset with dramatic puffed sleeves over a white polo shirt.

Tisci seems to be enjoying his time at Burberry, treasuring tradition but refusing to be overwhelmed by it.