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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Stay at an old samurai residence in the heart of a “Little Kyoto” warrior town

Swords, armour and ceremonial items are just some of the samurai secrets awaiting you inside this secluded compound.

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British Olympic team sends heartfelt message to Tokyo one year before the opening ceremony

Tear-jerking video draws striking parallels between the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 2020 Games now scheduled for 2021.

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Japanese student criticised for campaign against excess plastic packaging

Some people in Japan just don’t want to part ways with individually wrapped candy.

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Studio Ghibli now has a Hawaiian shirt and skirt collection【Photos】

Characters from two popular anime movies are cleverly concealed in these unique designs. 

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Top cosplayer transforms into swimsuit model, maid and mute girl for “first experience” debut.

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Japanese train station grows wine grapes on the platform

Wait for your train under the shade of Japan’s only train station platform vineyard.

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Japanese karaoke now offers “Mask Effect” for people with face masks【Video】

The improvement in sound makes us think we should all wear face masks at karaoke from now on.   

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Ramen face mask from Japan fogs up your glasses, looks like a steaming hot bowl of noodles

If you can’t stop your spectacles from fogging up, you might as well make art with them.

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Hana Kimura’s mother requests evidence of hate tweets cyberbullying her daughter after her death

Kyoko Kimura is building a case to bring down her daughter’s cyberbullies. 

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Anime artist illustrates the differences between Japanese fashion now and ten years ago

Women in Japan look very different compared to a decade ago.

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The most satisfying McDonald’s burger, according to Japanese customers

Surprisingly, the Big Mac and the Teriyaki McBurger aren’t at the top of the list.

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Studio Ghibli releases new plush characters that turn into eco-friendly reusable shopping bags

Say goodbye to plastic with anime characters that sit on your shoulder as you shop.

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Strange bird outside Shinjuku Station looks like a reincarnated salaryman

Endangered species decides to freak people out at the busiest train station in the world.

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Street Kart company famous for Super Mario karts ends crowdfunding campaign with dismal support

Attempt to keep the go-karts running on Tokyo roads raises embarrassingly low amount of money.

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Tokyo store sells beautiful Japanese fruit sandwiches that look like floral arrangements

A fruity bouquet of flavour for your taste buds, with a special surprise hidden in the back of each one. 

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New Mochi Cream Doughnuts from Mister Donut pay homage to Japanese confectionery

Sure, sex is great, but have you ever had a daifuku cream doughnut?

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Weird Japanese vending machine find: Soda that looks like mayonnaise

We try the strange beverage that’s got people all shook up in Japan.

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Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea reveal what it’ll be like for visitors when they reopen【Videos】

The new normal at Tokyo Disney Resort is like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

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Pandemic hair trend: A haircut to match your mask not your face

Top stylist at a Japanese salon in Tokyo says there are three important points to looking good while wearing a face mask. 

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Starbucks Japan opens first sign-language store in Tokyo

Staff at new “Signing Store” use hand signs to communicate with customers.

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