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 politeness is a myth: One person’s tale strikes a chord with people around the country

There’s one place in particular where Japanese people aren’t just not polite, they’re downright rude.

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Japanese newspaper issues correction over hilarious Harry and Meghan photo

When you can’t tell the difference between fiction and real life.

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Eat your burger with a Japanese sword at Shogun Burger in Tokyo

Each blade is made by a craftsman from Seki using centuries-old traditional swordsmithing techniques.

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Fake eggs are being used in Japanese convenience store bentos

Customer’s investigation leads to a discovery that’s shocked people around Japan.

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Coca-Cola Japan unveils new sakura design bottle for cherry blossom season 2020

The limited-edition “spring omotenashi” is perfect for hanami picnics.

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Why do Japanese stairs have red-and-yellow marks on them?

Even people in Japan are surprised to learn what they’re for.

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Japanese salaryman creates jaw-dropping model of Shinjuku from paper

From towering skyscrapers through to the world’s busiest station, this sprawling Tokyo ward took years to recreate in miniature.

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Studio Ghibli produces commercial for Japanese convenience store chain Lawson 【Video】

Academy award winning animator and a Ghibli artist who works at Lawson part-time join forces to pay homage to the konbini.

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Mister Donut teams up with French patisserie chain Pierre Hermé for new range of luxury doughnuts

The famous Ispahan rose macaron cake is just one of the sweet delights making its doughnut debut.

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Studio Ghibli makes every day magical with new Spirited Away, Totoro and Kiki calendars

Beloved characters keep you company every day of the year.

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Coca-Cola Japan releases their first-ever strawberry coke

World’s first Strawberry Coca-Cola is set to make its global debut in Japan.

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Cosplay lucky bag delivers costumes aimed at first-time cosplayers in Japan

Is this how you’re meant to cosplay? 

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Lotte City Hotel in Tokyo comes with all-you-can-eat sweets and ice cream

People in Japan are going crazy for this sweets hotel, which serves up Koala’s March pancakes unavailable anywhere else in the world. 

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Godzilla Store crushes New Year with king of the 2020 fukubukuro lucky bags

Extra rare merchandise limited to only 100 lucky shoppers.

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Sukiya beef bowl chain makes Japanese New Year fun with limited-edition fukubukuro

13 reasons why 2020 ought to be the Year of the Beef Bowl. 

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Japanese Lucky Beckoning Cat banknote design is the faux money we wish was real

Manekineko cat currency is filled with lucky omens for the New Year.

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Naomi Osaka appears inside fukubukuro lucky bag from famous Japanese candy retail chain

Tennis star makes a surprise appearance in a bag filled with snacks and sweets.

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Ippudo ramen gives noodle lovers a fantastic fukubukuro lucky bag for 2020

Start the New Year right with this once-in-a-year gift from the world-famous ramen chain.

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Yoshinoya fukubukuro lucky bag comes with sought-after beef bowl, sold at only one place in Japan

We go on a journey to find the Holy Grail of beef bowls.

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Ikea hot dog lucky bag is one of the most unusual fukubukuro available in Japan this year

Ikea Japan gives locals a lesson on how to make a good hot dog for the New Year.

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