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 artist creates cat banknote alternative: Kittens on 200 yen

Kitty currency merchandise has us hoping this faux banknote will one day become a reality. 

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PooPaint Toilet paper lets you make art with your poop

Not just for potty-training children!

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Studio Ghibli scarves, gloves and bags will keep you warm this fall and winter

Wrap up against the chill with Soot Sprites, Totoro, Jiji, Howl’s fire demon, and a snuggly Catbus.

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Sting returns to Japan, heads straight for tonkotsu ramen in Fukuoka

You can take the ramen-loving singer out of Japan, but you can’t take away the singer’s love for ramen.

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Japanese Mame Shiba Inu banknote design pays homage to nation’s beloved dog

Shiba Inu currency becomes so popular it gets its very own line of merchandise. 

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Niigata brings back mysterious cat mask festival for the first time in almost 90 years

Geisha once cosplayed as white cats to revive a devastated Japanese town. 

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Rush hour trains in London are worse than Tokyo, according to our Japanese-language reporter

After riding on the Tube in London, our Japanese reporter is thankful for crowded Tokyo trains. 

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Japanese video shows what life was like in Tokyo and Mt Fuji over 100 years ago

Famous sites like Ueno Park and Sensoji temple look amazingly like they do today, but the people look entirely different.

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PewDiePie buys house in Japan, calls it “a dream come true”

But what do people in Japan think of the top YouTuber possibly moving to their country? 

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Starbucks Japan brings out a Red Night Frappuccino and Masquerade Mocha for Halloween

You’re invited to celebrate a seductive masquerade party in your mouth this Halloween. 

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Narita Airport accommodation: New hostel opens in a converted Japanese elementary school

Go back to school at Ready to Flight! Narita.

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McDonald’s Japan unveils new Oreo and matcha green tea frappe

Enjoy the taste of Kyoto with your Oreos for a limited time at McDonald’s.

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Japan Travel: What it’s like to go on a solo journey on a Japanese restaurant train

Who needs company when you’ve got a Japanese kaiseki feast laid out in front of you? 

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Japan fans call Rugby World Cup player Luke Thompson “kawaii” for the way he speaks Japanese

An unlikely cute icon emerges from left field.

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Why this American can’t stand Japanese bookstores

There’s something about local bookshops that irks even Japanese people

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Garigari-kun releases new tamagoyaki Japanese egg omelette flavoured popsicle

Designed to be enjoyed with a dollop of soy sauce or tomato ketchup.

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Rugby World Cup 2019: Team Canada jumps off bus in yukata kimono…dressed like the dead

Embarrassing fashion faux pas has these players dressed in the same way that Japanese people dress dead bodies.

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Naomi Osaka called “too tanned” in Japanese comedy routine

Comedians and management apologise for saying the tennis pro “needs bleach”.

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Japan Travel: Mysterious rockstar Jizo statue found at Kiyomizudera temple

Mother Nature blesses a Buddhist statue with a full head of hair.

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Ghibli scarecrow protects rice fields in countryside Japan

Pikachu and Ash also watch over the crops, which were once destroyed by the tsunami in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

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