Oona McGee

Half-Japanese Oona McGee hails from Sydney, Australia, where she worked as a journalist and copywriter before making the move to Japan over a decade ago. Now she spends her days exploring the streets of Tokyo with her laptop and camera, always in search of new cafes, restaurants, events and stories to share with our readers. As an experienced food and travel reporter, Oona has travelled extensively through all 47 prefectures of Japan, and is constantly researching new destinations and drawing up itineraries for her next adventure.

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“Cinderella fit” otaku goods from 100-yen store are god items for anime and manga fans

Japanese otaku know where to shop for the best display goods.

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Collapsed shed at our cheap countryside house reveals unusual Japanese gems from the past

Dilapidated outbuilding at the SoraHouse contains some surprise items that could tell a story or two.

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Cats bowing in apology is Japan’s latest weird gacha capsule toy collection

Felines walk us through the finer details of saying sorry in Japan.

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We try the Starbucks drinks that are only available at two stores in Japan

Are these exclusive beverages worth the trip out to get them?

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Famous Japanese writers get a new life as cats in weird gacha capsule toy range

Ever wondered what literary greats like Natsume Soseki and Osamu Dazai would look like as felines?

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Starbucks Japan’s festive customisation is almost too cute to bear

Add a dose of kawaii to your Frappuccino for a limited time.

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McDonald’s Japan adds a Beef Stew Pie to the menu, with an epic commercial to mark the release

The puns about love are strong in this new advertising campaign.

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Starbucks adds popcorn and rum to hot drinks in Japan

Well, these were two cocktails we weren’t expecting.

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Starbucks releases new ice cream bowls for a limited time in Japan!

You’ll want to get in quick to nab this exclusive free present. 

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That time a stranger gave us money on a Japanese train

We’re still not quite sure why it happened. 

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Starbucks unveils a range of secret Christmas cakes in Japan

Not your ordinary Christmas cakes.

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Which Japanese convenience store sells the best beef stew?【Taste test】

Lawson, Family Mart and 7-Eleven battle it out for victory over our taste buds.

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Studio Ghibli releases My Neighbour Totoro gacha capsule toys

A collection where the capsules are just as cute as their contents.

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Which Japanese convenience store sells the best onigiri rice balls?【Taste test】

Mr Sato gives us his verdict, and stumbles upon the Onigi Remix — a new way to combine them and eat them all! 

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Photo captures “miracle moment” a sandwich is stolen on Japan’s Miyajima island

It’s not just the deer you have to watch out for at Miyajima — there’s something else looking over your shoulder while you eat your lunch. 

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We travel to Fuji to see how they make Japanese toilet paper

From recycled paper to plush multi-ply, and guess what? There’s a smartphone game for you to try too!

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Japanese entertainer shakes fresh cream to make butter… in the most unusual way【Video】

Dancing Butter Shake Experiment” goes viral online. 

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Magical train ride through Japan’s autumn leaves is like travelling to a different world【Video】

Rail company makes passengers dreams come true at this special “Maple Tunnel” in Kyoto

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Japanese phone box is cute by day, terrifying by night

The midnight charms of an onsen town.

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Which Japanese convenience store sells the best pizzas?【Taste test】

Lawson, Family Mart and 7-Eleven go head-to-head in a cheesy showdown. 

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