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.

All Stories by Oona McGee

Japanese women categorise male friends by levels of intimacy, from hugging to bathing

Find out whether your lady friend thinks you’re a hafure, kisufure, sofure, kamofure, sanfure or ofure.

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Coca-Cola Japan releases new Christmas bottles with ribbon labels and music

J-Pop group Little Glee Monster will sing you festive songs as you sip your bow-wrapped Coke this holiday season.

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Starbucks Japan releases new limited-edition mugs, cards and travel bottles for Halloween

Ghosts, bats, pumpkins and black cats make for a very happy Halloween.

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Wild boars leap from river, run across rice fields like a scene from a Ghibli anime film【Video】

Unexpected post-typhoon scene in Japan is so beautiful it looks like something from a movie.

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Sleep next to the railroad tracks at the closest hotel to a train station platform in Japan

New accommodation recreates the feel of a high-class train cabin inside, with a priceless view outside for just US$20 a night.

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Okinawa soul food: We try the most epic pork and egg onigiri rice balls in Japan

A fistful of a feast, these rare treats are more like burgers than rice balls.

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Flood victims send SOS tweets on Twitter in wake of Typhoon Hagibis

Residents trapped by rising floodwaters use special disaster hashtags to get the attention of the Self-Defence Forces.

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Shibuya rats scuttle along streets in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis【Video】

This Tokyo area is now being nicknamed “Rat Land” by people in Japan.

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Japanese Phantom Cheesecake: A sweet so popular 2,000 sold in ten minutes

We try the mysterious cheesecake that people in Japan are crazy for.

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Typhoon Hagibis turns Tokyo into an eerie ghost town【Pics, Video】

In Akihabara, giant screens blared happy tunes to deserted streets as a life-threatening typhoon approached Japan.

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Typhoon Hagibis turns skies in Japan purply pink, makes people fear the end is nigh

If this is the last day of the world, it sure looks beautiful.

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We try the new Halloween Masquerade Party drinks from Starbucks Japan

Time to put on our mask and find out what a Halloween Red Night Frappuccino tastes like.

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Japanese artist creates cat banknote alternative: Kittens on 200 yen

Kitty currency merchandise has us hoping this faux banknote will one day become a reality. 

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PooPaint Toilet paper lets you make art with your poop

Not just for potty-training children!

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Studio Ghibli scarves, gloves and bags will keep you warm this fall and winter

Wrap up against the chill with Soot Sprites, Totoro, Jiji, Howl’s fire demon, and a snuggly Catbus.

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Sting returns to Japan, heads straight for tonkotsu ramen in Fukuoka

You can take the ramen-loving singer out of Japan, but you can’t take away the singer’s love for ramen.

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Japanese Mame Shiba Inu banknote design pays homage to nation’s beloved dog

Shiba Inu currency becomes so popular it gets its very own line of merchandise. 

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Niigata brings back mysterious cat mask festival for the first time in almost 90 years

Geisha once cosplayed as white cats to revive a devastated Japanese town. 

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Rush hour trains in London are worse than Tokyo, according to our Japanese-language reporter

After riding on the Tube in London, our Japanese reporter is thankful for crowded Tokyo trains. 

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Japanese video shows what life was like in Tokyo and Mt Fuji over 100 years ago

Famous sites like Ueno Park and Sensoji temple look amazingly like they do today, but the people look entirely different.

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