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.


Couple run Dubai balcony marathon to beat coronavirus blues

Updated 29 March 2020

Couple run Dubai balcony marathon to beat coronavirus blues

  • The couple covered 42.2km by running more than 2,100 laps
  • The whole distance took them 5 hours, 9 minutes and 39 seconds

DUBAI: A South African couple who ran a marathon on the balcony of their Dubai apartment, streaming it online, plan to take the project global to help people shake off the coronavirus blues.

Collin Allin, 41, and wife Hilda covered the 42.2-kilometer distance by running more than 2,100 laps of their 20-meter long balcony from dawn on Saturday.

A stopwatch provided by the couple shows they covered the distance in five hours, nine minutes and 39 seconds.

“We did it ... #balconymarathon,” Allin said on Instagram, congratulating his wife on her first ever marathon and thanking the virtual crowd that cheered them on.

“Thank you for all the love and support for doing something silly... was great to have you all along for the ride,” he said.
The couple’s 10-year-old daughter Geena acted as race director, putting up signs marking “start” and “turn around” and providing her parents with water and snacks as well as inspirational music.

Allin said he planned to organize a “bigger, global and more inclusive run next” where people who are under lockdown but keen to stretch their legs can join for a few kilometers or more.
“This is about giving people something else to think about,” Allin told AFP. “It’s about getting people to connect, as everyone is worried about the impact of coronavirus.”
The pandemic has wiped out international sporting schedules and triggered lockdowns that have limited options for outdoor exercise in many countries, but enterprising people have found ways to fit in a workout.
Elisha Nochomovitz, a 32-year-old who lives near the French city of Toulouse, ran a marathon on his balcony which measures just seven meters.
He reportedly managed the feat in six hours and 48 minutes, nearly double his best marathon finish time.