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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Cats appear at Japan’s famous Tanabata Festival in Sendai this summer

The huge streamer decorations that draw crowds from all around Japan will now feature adorable cat characters created by an anime artist.

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How to win tug-of-war with a dog who doesn’t want walkies to end

Watch this resolute stand-off dissolve into joyous jumping thanks to a simple trick by the pup’s owner.

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Japanese police spotted taking dog downtown like a felon in custody

The pup’s sad face makes us wonder what on earth he did to earn himself a ride in a cop car.

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Japanese lingerie brand brings out line of Sanrio anime bra sets for girls with smaller busts

Beauty is in the tiniest details.

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Cute cat finds way to make humans bow down and worship him at Japanese shrine

The furry new deity, however, forgot about a couple of small yet important details.

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Totoro runs, does aerobics, and holds an impressive yoga pose in series of cute illustrated GIFs

The rotund character from Studio Ghibli inspires us all with his adorable “Totorobics” workout.

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It looks like Luffy has, um, grown a little.

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New Tokyo cat cafe filled only with “Apple Cats” who have feline AIDS

The initiative aims to increase awareness and reduce prejudice against cats infected with the virus.
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Original Totoro plush toys from 80s and 90s re-issued for Studio Ghibli exhibition

These have to be the rarest, most exclusive items we’ve seen yet from the anime powerhouse.

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French artist brings the world of Studio Ghibli to life with vibrant series of watercolour prints

The characters come to life beautifully in vivid colour.

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Cosplay at the beach with new range of beautiful Japanese maid uniform bikini sets

Now you can go swimming in your maid’s costume this summer.

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Japanese “Exorcism Holiday Plan” for dogs helps rid them of bad spirits in their unlucky years

Have your pet feeling rejuvenated both physically and spiritually after a getaway in Japan.

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Zoo Jeans from Japan uses denim marked with the claws and teeth of lions

The venture is being promoted by a local branch of Loft chainstores to help revitalise the Tohoku area.

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New “species of snake” discovered purring in desert?【Video】

Could the long, twitching piece of fur belong to the body of a snake or some other cheeky animal?

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Self-freezing bottled Coca-Cola now available at convenience store vending machines in Japan

Stored at temperatures below freezing, the drink magically turns to ice inside the bottle after opening.

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Japanese police melt hearts with show of extreme courtesy to wildlife

In true Japanese fashion, the three officers went above and beyond to ensure this family of ducks made it safely across the street.

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Hebikera from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on sale at Studio Ghibli Exhibition in Tokyo

The stunning model has been made according to a Japanese metal craft tradition with roots in the Edo period.

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Sadako is nowhere to be seen as Kayako models for Japanese fashion magazine

With a four-page spread featuring the ghost from the Ju-on horror movie franchise, it’s safe to say the magazine is now officially haunted.

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Godzilla and fellow kaiju monsters apologise at Japanese press conference for acts of destruction

And every formal Japanese-style apology comes with a heartfelt bow.

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“Flying Sumo Wrestler” performs sumo moves mid-air while hurtling towards earth at high speed

Can a skydiving sumo wrestler complete the ring-entering ceremony mid-air with a “gyojisumo referee by his side?

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