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

Optus pulls Australian commercial from YouTube following complaints from Japan

Telecommunications company slammed for using Japanese culture to promote a Samsung product from South Korea.

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New tofu from Japan brings Kyoto’s iconic Daimonji fire festival to your plate

Fiery images seen on mountains surrounding Kyoto come to life with…a dollop of soy sauce.

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We try the new lemon yoghurt amazake cheese fermentation Frappuccino from Starbucks Japan

Fill your belly with the power of lactobacillus and the health benefits from a traditional Japanese fermented rice drink.

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Spirited Away voice actors from China recreate iconic scenes from the anime film

New series of posters are total Ghibli cosplay goals

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Spirited Away posters for first theatrical release in China are stunningly beautiful

A new take on a beloved Studio Ghibli anime film.

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We try a Ninja Kakigori shaved ice dessert in Japan and wash it down with Cheese Tapioca Tea

Castle setting is the perfect home for this shadow warrior’s Japanese dessert. 

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Living next door to a stalker: Our Japanese reporter recounts the time her neighbour stalked her

Firsthand account is a cautionary tale for women living alone in Japan.

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Japanese beef bowl chain Yoshinoya releases new canned, ready-to-eat rice bowls 【Taste Test】

We try the full selection of emergency pork, beef, chicken and mackerel rice bowls.

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What it’s really like to join a Japanese festival and carry a mikoshi around Tokyo for a day

We join the festivities at Suga Shrine, made famous as one of the real-life locations from the hit anime film Your Name

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Japanese restaurant chain wows us with solo dining capsules, free Wi-Fi, personal power outlets

We try out the single-person dining capsules and never want to leave.

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We try “the best milk soft cream” in Tokyo

As light and airy as a cloud, could this really be the best ice cream in Tokyo? 

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New Totoro x Natsumikan range from Studio Ghibli covers glass tableware, towels and keychains

Totoro ditches his beloved acorn for a popular Japanese citrus this summer. 

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We try Tapioca Beer, the drink that everyone’s raving about in Japan right now

Boba beer? Yes, please.

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How to get a job in anime with Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki

When Miyazaki says Totoro isn’t cute, you don’t have to agree with him.  

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Fanta Socata!? Now available exclusively from Japanese vending machines

New Japanese Fanta features a unique flavour from abroad.

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Starbucks Japan creates a green tea slushie with sencha, apple, perilla and sansho pepper

Is frozen green tea with pepper as delicious as it sounds?

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Starbucks adds new fermented Frappuccino to their menu in Japan

Starbucks’ first Frappuccino to combine Western and Japanese fermented ingredients.

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Häagen-Dazs Japan brings out Yuzu Blanc Manger ice cream for a limited time this summer

Luxury ice cream combines the beloved Japanese citrus with a classic French dessert.

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Figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva receives hate mail in Japan, fans respond with viral hashtag

Japanese fans come out in force to show their love for the anime-loving skating star.

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We channel Sen from Ghibli’s Spirited Away and travel to a Japanese train station by the sea

One of the most unusual stations in the country, where you’re not allowed to exit the station, but you can visit a secret park by the platform. 

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