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 model shuns perfect beauty, says she just wants to be “f*****g REAL”

New self-love queen wants to show what reality is really like but she’s not really human at all.

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Chiitan vs John Oliver: Talk show host responds to Japanese mascot’s challenge to battle 【Video】

Oliver’s new mascot Chiijohn steals Chiitan’s best friend and now there’s beef to settle.

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Japanese KitKats get fresh with new peach rum mint flavour this summer

Two new alcoholic mint varieties take the choc-mint experience to a whole other level.

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New Studio Ghibli exhibition opens in Tokyo, features giant talking Yubaba from Spirited Away

We catch up with No Face, Mari Natsuki, who voiced the character of Yubaba, and legendary producer Toshio Suzuki at the limited-time exhibition.

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Baby penguin seeing sakura for the first time is all of us during hanami season 【Video】

You don’t have to be human to be captivated by the wonder of falling cherry blossoms.

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Sakura train ride plays out like a magical scene from a Japanese anime movie

A secret hanami cherry-blossom viewing experience you won’t read about in travel guides.

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Revolutionary new A.I. self-checkout system in Japan calculates all your items with one glance

Sayonara barcode scans! Now there’s a faster and easier way to shop in Japan.

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Man jumps out of car and saws off gate at railway crossing in Japan 【Video】

The whole thing was captured on video by a bystander.

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Japanese penguin plushie takes you from egg to chick to adult bird in seconds

Now you can have a companion penguin by your side wherever you go!

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Starbucks Japan releases cat tumblers as part of new drinkware range for summer 2019

Tumblers with cat ears and whipped cream lids are just some of the new designs in this gorgeous limited-edition collection.

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Man stops train from leaving station in Japan, video goes viral online

Elderly passenger purposely halts train and causes delay, ignoring rail staff who try to control the situation. 

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Snow Sakura in Japan: A magical hanami cherry blossom viewing experience【Pics & Video】

Temperatures dipped dramatically this week, transforming sakura spots into icy pink-tinged dreamworlds.

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Weird Al Yankovic visits Japan, takes hilarious travel pics around the country 【Photos】

The comedian makes us laugh at famous tourist spots from Tokyo to Kyoto. 

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Reiwa era gets anthropomorphised into a Japanese anime girl by otaku artists

Say hello to Reiwa-chan, who comes in many beautiful forms.

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The Story Hotel: A new concept for couples wanting some romantic private time in Japan

Step into a mysterious story world just outside of Tokyo.

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Australian arrested at Narita Airport for graffiti on Japanese train in Tokyo

The suspect claims he’s innocent, despite being in possession of spray cans and bolt cutters.

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Enjoy a taste of traditional Japan in self-operated Edo period cable car

A frightening yet exhilarating way to travel for free in rural Japan. 

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Muji Hotel Ginza: New accommodation in Tokyo takes Japanese minimalism to the next level

We step inside the huge new complex and bring you a walkthrough of every floor before it opens to the public.

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How to travel from Tokyo to Hiroshima by train for 500 yen

This secret Japan travel hack lets you travel huge distances for next to nothing. 
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Top April Fools’ Day prank news stories from Japan

Edible watches, Nintendo characters and a handy Lego app all make an appearance on this year’s roundup of fantastic news we wish was true today.

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