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

Ariana Grande stops learning Japanese following backlash over her “7 Rings” BBQ grill tattoo

People in Japan now fear Grande hates their country and their language.

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Starbucks Japan unveils new Sakura Frappuccino for cherry blossom season 2019

This year’s hot and cold lineup takes its inspiration from flowers in full bloom.

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Sayonara Heisei Brows: Japanese makeup video takes us through an era of eyebrow beauty trends

One woman, decades of different eyebrows.

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Record number of people injured by deer in Nara this year

Foreign tourists among those sustaining serious injuries from the native animals.

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Jennifer Connelly sang a Japanese song that became a number one hit single in Japan 【Video】

Watch as a teenage Connelly advertises a Technics product while singing in perfect Japanese.

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Sapporo Snow Festival 2019 opens in Japan

Star Wars, anime favourites, and tennis pro Naomi Osaka all make an appearance at this year’s event.

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Japanese high school students go viral with perfect Pixar logo performance 【Video】

Just like the animated logo at the start of a Pixar movie, only funnier.

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In Japan, one yen coins don’t get picked up by strangers in public – they multiply instead

One coin became an investment in happiness for an entire apartment complex.

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San Francisco’s Dumpling Time arrives in Japan, opens in downtown Tokyo

Mr Sato meets the King-Dum Xiaolongbao.

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Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” Japanese tattoo fail spawns hilarious parody tattoos online

Her kanji tattoo doesn’t make sense in any language, but the humour is universal.

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New Sweet Sake Pocky showcases the flavour of a centuries-old Japanese sake brewery in Tokyo

Special regional-exclusive release uses ingredients from the only sake brewery in the 23 wards of Tokyo.

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Mr Sato steps inside the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo【Photos】

A number of embassies in Japan are opening their doors to the public for a limited time. 

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Giri obligation chocolates seen as power harassment, more Japanese companies ban practice

Survey results indicate that Japan’s Valentine’s Day custom of giri choco may soon become a thing of the past. 

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Ariana Grande “fixes” her 7 Rings Japanese kanji tattoo, but it still says tiny charcoal grill

Throwing another kanji character into the mix doesn’t exactly fix the mistake.

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Starbucks Japan unveils first sakura drink for cherry blossom season 2019

Drink the blossoms this year with a chilled cup of sakura.

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Ariana Grande’s kanji tattoo fail: new ink reads “Japanese BBQ grill” instead of “7 Rings”

The American popstar says there’s a story behind her embarrassing tattoo mistake.

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Naomi Osaka shuts down reporter who asked her to speak in Japanese following Australian Open win

People in Japan slam the reporter’s request and rush to the tennis pro’s defence.
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This Japanese man dated a cockroach, dreamed of having sex with it 【Video】

When she passed away, he ate her dead body so she could be a part of him forever.

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Photo of manspreading on Japanese train stirs up heated debate and interesting solutions

Some of these ideas might actually work if they were put into action.

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Japanese Shiba Inu stops baby’s cries like a doting parent, melts hearts for being a good dog

Doge shows off a special technique for instantly calming a crying baby. 

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