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

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo unveils exclusive sakura cherry blossom drinkware range for 2020

Travel mugs, cups and glasses adorned with pink blooms sit alongside cherry blossom mocktails for a limited time.

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Starbucks Japan reveals first sakura Frappuccino for cherry blossom season 2020

Real extract from the trees gives you a sense of what it’s like to drink the cherry blossoms.

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Top ten sweets and snacks you’d eat at a Japanese grandmother’s house

Obaachan knows best, especially when it comes to popular Japanese snacks that have stood the test of time. 

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Centuries-old Japanese store revolutionises the fragrance world with new incense cord

Tie a bow around gifts and envelopes with a wonderfully fragrant incense ribbon.

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Taste-testing the new Chocolate Milk Tea Frappuccino from Starbucks Japan

The closest thing to a Starbucks chocolate bubble tea Frappuccino yet.

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Starbucks Japan releases special sakura gift packs for cherry blossom season 2020

Enjoy the taste of sakura Starbucks at home or in the office this spring.

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Akihabara in the ’80s looked very different to Tokyo’s otaku mecca today【Video】

Stroll the streets of Electric Town at a time when computers and video games were just beginning to appear on the scene

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Sakura begin to bloom in Japan as early cherry blossom season forecast for 2020

It’s only January but some trees are already 50-percent in full bloom.

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Love doll funeral service in Japan helps silicone lovers rest in peace

Say sayonara to your love dolls and figurines with the help of a Japanese monk who’s also an AV actress

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Foreign tourist comes to Japan hoping to see yakuza from Yakuza video game series

People are falling in love with the wide-eyed visitor from abroad who discovers Kabukicho isn’t really like it is in video games.

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What it’s like to eat a super expensive Japanese strawberry【Taste Test】

Luxury Japanese fruit meets the mouth of Mr Sato.

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Starbucks Japan unveils first sakura drink for cherry blossom season 2020

Iconic Japanese flower will be blended with a popular dessert this spring.

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McDonald’s releases new rice burgers in Japan

Three of the fast food chain’s popular burgers get a rice overhaul for a limited time.

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Japanese manners videos show how to be a “really cool” traveller in Japan 【Videos】

Japan Tourism Agency uses ninja, sumo and geisha to demonstrate what to do and what not to do in Japan.

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The Japanese you learn at school vs the Japanese used in Japan【Video】

Twitter user has something to say about the language they don’t teach you in textbooks.

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Japan now has Mt Fuji bread!

Made with fruit and water from the mountain area.

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Izakaya etiquette: Stacking your plates after eating doesn’t help waitstaff in Japan

Japanese restaurant worker says there’s a better system that diners should use.

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Nara City apologises after employee jumps from platform to platform across railway tracks【Video】

Dangerous stunt by Japanese civil servant gets slammed online.

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Japanese boy’s real-world ninja animation on train warms hearts around the world【Video】

Little shadow warrior performs superhuman feats with his own shadow warrior.

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“Sweet pleasure for your mouth” with a play on the word for penis in Japanese. 

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