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

Japanese gravure idol loses weight, becomes poster girl for Rizap weight loss company 【Video】

This bikini model may have lost her “happy fat” but she definitely hasn’t lost her spark.

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New cyberpunk maid cafe opens in Akihabara, Tokyo

Japanese maids in thigh-high stockings are ready to take you to the year 2045.

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Panda sightings in Tokyo cause frenzy on social media

After reading reports of an escaped panda on the streets of Tokyo, we headed out to find out what was going on.

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Totoro cream puffs come to the Ghibli Museum neighbourhood with exclusive new Catbus cookie

We visit the new Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory in Tokyo and try the very special Rum Raisin Catbus you can’t get anywhere else.

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Sakura in Japan 2019: The best spots for hanami cherry blossom viewing

People in Japan cast their vote for their favourite hanami spot and the places where they most want to see sakura before they die.

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Starbucks Japan unveils new Classic Tiramisu Frappuccino for coffee dessert lovers

Only available for a very limited time.

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Dragon Quest wedding: Japanese video game lovers celebrate with classic Sony PlayStation details

Mind-blowing wedding goals include a personalised video game and RPG character sketches for each guest.

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Japanese maid cosplay uniform transforms you into the fairytale anime character of your dreams

High-quality details make you look like you’ve stepped out of an anime series.

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Great East Japan Earthquake memorial service broadcast in Shinjuku after years-long absence

People stopped to pray by a screen in the middle of busy Shinjuku.

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If the 2011 tsunami hit Tokyo’s Shibuya Scramble Crossing, this is how high it would’ve been

New sign comes with a poignant message for the end of the Heisei era.

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Great East Japan Earthquake: Commemorate eight years and donate with a search on Yahoo! Japan

Recovery efforts are ongoing following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, and the Tohoku region still needs your help.

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Studio Ghibli Baby-G watch pays homage to Kiki’s Delivery Service anime with gorgeous details

Cute characters peer out at you from this limited-edition timepiece.

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New Japanese KitKats combine ruby chocolate with everyday nuts and cranberry

Two new flavours on offer this spring. 

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Carlos Ghosn leaves jail in workman cosplay, causes hilarious Twitter storm in Japan

Japanese people go crazy for Ghosn’s bad disguise.

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Vegan Sakura Burger from Tokyo vegetarian cafe gives everyone a taste of cherry blossom season

Brand new menu offers a variety of sakura-inspired drinks and meals for vegan and vegetarian diners.

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Taste the floor of a Japanese train station with new limited-edition chocolates from Tokyo Metro

Eat the walls, ceilings, floors and stairs of a dozen different stations!

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Manga Art Hotel Tokyo: What it’s like to spend a night surrounded by 5,000 Japanese manga

Welcome to a dreamworld where you can stay up all night reading manga on a bed inside a bookshelf. 

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Japanese “yakuza deer” continue to harass restaurant owner at Miyajima 【Photos】

Series of photos shows what happens when cute deer try to act all gangsta.

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VR Ninja Dojo: Battle as a shadow warrior at new virtual reality world in Tokyo 【Video】

Learn ninjutsu techniques and then use them to slay monsters in the VR world.

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The Vending Train: World’s only vending machine made from a retired Japanese train【Video】

Complete with hilariously modified rail announcements.

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