Where We Are Going Today: Crystal Pyramids

Updated 09 May 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: Crystal Pyramids

Crystal Pyramids is a favorite spot of mine in Jeddah to shop for all things cute, pop culture, practical and even savory, with a focus on items from the Far East. It offers a wide array of products, ranging from stationery to skin-care products.

Whenever I stop by the shop, in Al-Salamah District, I end up sharing the face-cleansing masks and wonderful hand creams that I buy, which are imported from Korea, with my mother and sisters because they love how fresh they feel. 

My brother enjoys accompanying me on my trips to the shop because it gives him a chance to add to his growing collection of anime figures. The store offers toys and collectibles based on most of the popular anime shows, along with items featuring western characters from the Marvel and DC superhero universes. They have the largest range of anime-themed keychains I have found in Jeddah.

Crystal Pyramids also has plenty of Korean pop merchandise, including hoodies, T-shirts and more featuring some of the best-selling artists. And if you get a little peckish while browsing, it also sells a variety of Korean snacks, including instant noodles (ramen).


What We Are Reading Today: The River Ki by Sawako Ariyoshi

Updated 25 May 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: The River Ki by Sawako Ariyoshi

The River Ki, short and swift and broad like most Japanese rivers, flows into the sea not far south of Osaka. On its journey seaward, it passes through countryside that has long been at the heart of the Japanese tradition. 

The River Ki dominates the lives of the people who live in its fertile valley and imparts a vital strength to the three women, mother, daughter and granddaughter, around whom this novel is built.

It provides them with the courage to cope, in their different ways, with the unprecedented changes that occurred in Japan between the last years of the last century and the middle of this century.

Sawako Ariyoshi, one of Japan’s most successful modern novelists, describes this social and cultural revolution largely through the eyes of Hana, a woman with the vision and integrity to understand the inevitability of the death of the traditional order in Japan, says a review published on googlereads.com.

Ariyoshi writes with a love for detail bound to a broader understanding of the importance of the geographical and biological forces that mold her characters — and the result is a story that flows with all the vitality of The River Ki itself.