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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Enjoy an Alice In Wonderland afternoon high tea party with Cozy Corner bite-size character cakes

The Mad Hatter and all his loveable friends are invited!

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These “Mikoshi Dako” are the badges of honour from a Japanese festival

Rather than hiding the calluses, the bulges on these men are glorified for a very special reason.

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34 percent of Japanese men are afraid of their female colleagues, according to recent poll

The reasons they give will make you think twice about the way men and women act in the workplace.

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Japanese cook uses sushi-making as inspiration for beautifully artistic bread loaves

The illustrated breads even include images that change colours halfway through the loaf.

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20 things to buy at the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo store

If you’re saving up your yennies for a trip to the the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo store, here are some of the awesome items available to purchase.

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BonAppetour startup lets you cook and dine with Tokyo locals in their homes

We visited Mariko’s home near Shinjuku for a variety of unique cultural experiences, including a lesson in making gyoza and a homemade feast complete with sake and shochu.

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Bring cute cats into your home with amazing new wall seals from Japan

This is one clever workaround for animal-loving renters who aren’t allowed pets in their home.

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【Monday Kickstart】Adorable kitten cosplays as Japanese swordsman from popular game Touken Ranbu

This cosplaying kitten and his adorable poses are all you need to get through Monday.

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Man recreates favourite Japanese restaurant set-up in kitchen, internet applauds

Can you guess what’s underneath the plastic bucket at the end of all that aluminium tubing?

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New attraction lets you relive the thrill of Japan’s deadly log-riding festival

It’s known as one of the nation’s top three most bizarre festivals and has resulted in deaths when it’s held every six years, but now you can experience the ride first-hand at any time of year!

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Walk the streets of Japan in style with bushido-influenced men’s summer kimono range from Kyoto

Samurai warrior designs get a warm-weather overhaul with colourful patterns and unique sheer fabrics.

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Japan’s first “naked restaurant” to open in Tokyo with age and weight restrictions

Tokyo’s version of the naked dining experience is slightly different to its overseas counterparts.

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Fukushima recovery boosted via sneakers made from Aizu kimono textiles loved by samurai

Contribute to the cause and keep a centuries-old tradition alive on the streets by wearing 450 years of history on your feet.

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Yokohama’s Pikachu Outbreak to return with all-new “Dripping Wet Splash Show”!

Don’t miss the chance to see a thousand-plus Pikachus drenched in water this summer.

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Japanese candy craftsman creates new line of lollipops with traditional summer themes

Designed to resemble traditional uchiwa fans, these exquisite lollipops are amongst the prettiest sweets in Tokyo.

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Kyoto temple grants love wishes to visitors who discover their heart-shaped hydrangeas

People in Japan are heading to the ancient temple to hunt for the flowery hearts.

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Japan’s Harajuku Station to be rebuilt ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

East Japan Railway Company today released images of new building designs planned for three stations on two of the city’s popular train lines.

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Japanese association loses faith in users following non-return of 1,100 free loan umbrellas

Loan services could be set to disappear with organisations now running dangerously low on stock.

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Krispy Kreme Japan adds cute anime-style horse doughnut to their range at one store only

There’s just one store in the world that sells these and they’re available for eight days only.

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New Japanese beer brings out flavours of Kansai specialties like takoyaki and okonomiyaki

The new drink is said to pair well with famous dishes from the region.

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