Where We Are Going Today: Anime Station Store

Updated 10 August 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Anime Station Store

  • In addition to anime figures, the shop also holds a variety of popular video game figures

Jeddah’s Anime Station Store has been a favorite spot of mine since I first visited in 2016, when I was hunting for an action figure for my younger brother.
The store is every anime fan’s dream, holding a variety of products from older shows like “Devilman” and “Nadia: the Secret of Blue Water” to current favorites like “Dragon Ball,” “One Piece,” “Attack on Titan” and “Naruto.”
It is constantly evolving and caters to both hardcore collectors and fans of popular shows. The store has sold figures that were so rare, only 100 pieces were made.
I visited their second branch, which recently opened on Jeddah’s Al-Murjan Street, and I was delighted with the comfortable atmosphere. One of the owners, Majed Nawawi, said that they wanted customers to feel like they were at home.
In addition to anime figures, the shop also holds a variety of popular video game figures, K-pop merchandise and Japanese snacks. Anime Station Store offers home delivery service throughout the Kingdom.


Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

Updated 19 August 2019

Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

  • Then Russian Navy Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko wrote the letter when he was a 36-year-old aboard the Sulak
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska.
Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television station KTUU reported.
“I was just looking for firewood when I found the bottle,” Tyler Ivanoff said. “When I found the bottle, I had to use a screwdriver to get the message out.”
Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers translated the message to be a greeting from a Cold War Russian sailor dated June 20, 1969. The message included an address and a request for a response from the person who finds it.
Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, tracked down the original writer, Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko, KTUU reported.
He was skeptical he wrote the note until he saw his signature on the bottom.
“There — exactly!” he exclaimed.
The message was sent while the then 36-year-old was aboard the Sulak, Botsanenko said. Botsanenko shed tears when the Russian television reporter told him the Sulak was sold for scrap in the 1990s.
Botsanenko also showed the reporter some souvenirs from his time on the ship, including the autograph of the wife of a famous Russian spy and Japanese liquor bottles, the latter kept over his wife’s protests.
Ivanoff’s discovery of the bottle was first reported by Nome radio station KNOM.