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.


What We Are Reading Today: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Updated 23 August 2019

What We Are Reading Today: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

In this book, Ibram X. Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism.

How to Be an Antiracist is an “essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: Contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society,” said a review in goodreads.com.

Critic Jeffrey C. Stewart said in a review for The New York Times that Kendi is on a mission to push those of us who believe we are not racists to become something else: Antiracists, who support ideas and policies affirming that “the racial groups are equals in all their apparent differences — that there is nothing right or wrong with any racial group.” 

Steward said: “For Kendi, the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, there are no nonracists; there are only racists — people who allow racist ideas to proliferate without opposition — and antiracists, those who expose and eradicate such ideas wherever they encounter them.”