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

Ikea fukubukuro lucky bag gives us 10,000 yen worth of goods for 3,000 yen

One of the best bargains of the year. 

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Japanese monks go viral with online protest against police claim that robes are a driving hazard

Buddhist monks juggle, box, dance to show their garments are no hindrance after monk refuses to pay fine for driving in his robe. 

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Japanese pilot flies close to Mt Fuji, asks passengers to look out the window

Mt Fuji never looked more beautiful.

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Studio Ghibli-licensed store Donguri Kyowakoku brings us the fukubukuro lucky bag of our dreams

Totoro and Kiki merchandise make this a great start to the year.

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Man strips, makes it rain atop stone lantern at Ise Jingu shrine in Japan

New Year’s Eve gets out of hand at Japan’s most holy shrine.

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Naomi Osaka v Kei Nishikori: Tennis pros play with Japanese bats in Nissin cup noodles commercial

Osaka turns into a kimono-clad anime character halfway through the clip.

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The best Japanese cosplayers from Day 3 of Winter Comiket 2018【Photos】

The final day of winter Comiket came with some unexpected surprises.

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Shibuya Scramble Crossing New Year’s Eve Countdown event report【Pics & Videos】

Crowds gathered at the city’s most famous intersection for a massive street party as police looked on.

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Starbucks Japan fukubukuro lucky bag brings us merch and coffee to kick off 2019

Exclusive Starbucks merchandise you can’t buy in stores.

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The best Japanese cosplayers from day two of Winter Comiket 2018【Photos】

Cosplayers bare their flesh on a cold winter’s day for the bi-annual convention.

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Nine injured in Tokyo after man drives car into pedestrians on Takeshita Street in Harajuku

Police are investigating whether this was an act of terror in retaliation for the execution of Aum Shinrikyo cult members last year.

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Shinkansen breaks down, causes all-day commuter chaos at Tokyo Station

Thousands stranded for hours during Japan’s peak holiday travel period. 

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The best Japanese cosplayers from the first day of Winter Comiket 2018【Photos】

Ghibli, Star Wars, and a Japanese politician inspire some of the creative cosplays in this photo collection.

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Ghibli moss art discovered along mountain road in Japan

Totoro, Kiki, and No Face are just some of the characters who’ve emerged from the moss-covered wall.

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People in Japan go crazy for Japanese koi fish with love hearts on its eyes

People are travelling far and wide to catch a glimpse of the rare beauty in this koi fish pond.

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Elderly woman drives at speed on sidewalk in Japan 【Video】

The scene was captured on video until she disappeared from view.

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Remind yourself to drink water with this conch seashell PET bottle cover

Stay hydrated with the help of a seashell.

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Pokémon characters Pikachu and Eevee star in 2019 Mister Donut fukubukuro New Year’s lucky bag

Pocket monsters Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur also join in the fun for this hugely popular collection.

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McDonald’s Japan releases special fukubukuro lucky bag for 2019

Free coupons and exclusive merchandise all wrapped up in a cute reusable brown paper takeout bag.

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Starbucks Japan releases New Year’s mugs and travel cups featuring lucky cats, daruma and Mt Fuji

Adorable Japanese drinkware range pays homage to traditional Japanese motifs and traditions.

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