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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Former sake brewery in Japan gets a new life as…whatever the heck this is

Looking for a weird place to visit in Japan? This spot ticks all the boxes.

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Meet the Japanese Colonel Sanders, who’s handsome…and passionate about fried chicken

Real-life fan steps into the suit of the Colonel.

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Pizza Hut’s new Oreo pizza is like nothing we’ve ever eaten before

What you’d get if street food, biscuits and pizza had a child together.  

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Pink drinks hit different at Starbucks in Japan

We’ll get our pink drinks whatever way we can have them. 

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Spirited Away bath herbs now available at Ghibli exhibition in Japan

Transform from Stink Spirit to River Spirit, just like the god in the anime movie!

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The secret behind this mysterious Studio Ghibli x Pixar image

Anime studio gives us a closer look at the true story behind this illustration.

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Starbucks Challenge: How long does it take to visit all the branches in downtown Shinjuku?

Mr Sato puts on his walking boots to give us a whirlwind tour of all the Starbucks in one of Tokyo’s busiest areas. 

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American visits Japan, wonders why McDonald’s only sells beef bowls, not burgers

A visit to this unusual branch reveals the mystery behind the burgerless McDonald’s.

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Sumo wrestler vs. 16-month-old toddler: The cutest match you’ll ever see【Video】

Young child’s debut in the ring is a knockout!

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A visit to the Studio Ghibli theme park for a secret look at the new areas

Pulling the curtain back on what awaits you when you step into the magical anime world of Ghibli.

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Travel off the beaten path to a secret spot in Japan where bamboo grows wild on an old train line

Like the bamboo grove in Kyoto, but with less tourists and more beauty. 

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Studio Ghibli reveals real reason why Jiji stops talking at the end of Kiki’s Delivery Service

Producer solves a mystery that’s puzzled fans of the anime film for decades.

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New spreadable melon pan changes the way we eat toast in Japan

Making melon bread, and curry bread, just got a whole lot easier. 

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We eat a canned omelette from a Japanese vending machine and hope for the best

Fingers crossed this dashimaki doesn’t end up looking as old as the machine that sold it.

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Weird Japanese vending machine find of the day: Cream in cans?

You’ll only find one thing in this machine, and it’s heaven for cream lovers.

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7-Eleven now has make-it-yourself smoothies in Japan, and they’re amazing

New machine in stores makes life very convenient. 

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Do people in Kyoto really stand to the right on escalators?

How true is the left-in-Tokyo, right-in-Kyoto standing rule?

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A trip to the deadline cafe in Tokyo, where staff won’t let you leave until you’re done writing

A place where you can pay staff to look over your shoulder to help you stop procrastinating.

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McDonald’s teams up with local confectioners for new lineup of very Japanese desserts

Schoolgirls step in to represent Tokyo, Kyoto, and a surprise outsider for this surprising collection. 

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New “wet” potato chips revolutionise the snack industry in Japan

Not in Japan to try them? We’ve got you covered with a hack to make wet chips at home, no matter where you are in the world!

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