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

Foreign tourists blasted for chasing maiko and geisha on streets of Kyoto【Video】

Tourists criticised for standing in front of traffic and treating the traditionally dressed women like objects.

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Japanese artists anthropomorphise national flags into samurai characters for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

See what your country and national flag look like as a samurai warrior!

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Japanese baker creates terrifyingly cute anime character breads【Videos】

Slicing through Totoro, Catbus, and Pikachu is strangely satisfying.

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Depopulation in Japan leads company to renovate two apartments into one huge living space

Innovative new renovation style creates the most spacious apartments Japan has ever seen. 

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We travel to China to watch Studio Ghibli anime Spirited Away on its inaugural opening day

Spirited Away finally premieres in China…but hardly anybody was at the cinema to see it.

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Uniqlo Pokémon T-shirts sell out in Japan, customers swoon over gorgeous designs in real life

Pikachu even made an appearance in-store in Japan for the long-awaited release!

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Ramen with bread and grilled cheese topping is our favourite noodle trend in Tokyo right now

Rice, bread and noodles is a triple-carb combination we are living for.

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Hands-free tapioca bubble tea challenge goes viral online in Japan

Breasts and boba balls take over the Internet as cleavages become drink holders across the country.

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New commercial shows people in Japan offending foreigners with their stinky breath【Video】

Survey says one in two foreigners have been bummed out by meeting Japanese people with bad breath.

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We take a cat yoga class at a Japanese rescue cat cafe

Stretch and relax with some friendly felines just a short train ride away from Tokyo.

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Japanese store apologises for ad saying “women who want biracial children” should wear kimono

Because wearing a kimono will attract a foreign man.

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Watching a one-star certified master udon craftsman at work…at a famous Japanese noodle chain

We spend some time with an expert noodle chef and find out what it takes to become one-star certified. 

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Wear a Japanese lantern on your head with the new Chochin Cap from Kyoto

Who needs a baseball cap when you can shade your face with a paper lantern instead?

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Optus pulls Australian commercial from YouTube following complaints from Japan

Telecommunications company slammed for using Japanese culture to promote a Samsung product from South Korea.

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New tofu from Japan brings Kyoto’s iconic Daimonji fire festival to your plate

Fiery images seen on mountains surrounding Kyoto come to life with…a dollop of soy sauce.

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We try the new lemon yoghurt amazake cheese fermentation Frappuccino from Starbucks Japan

Fill your belly with the power of lactobacillus and the health benefits from a traditional Japanese fermented rice drink.

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Spirited Away voice actors from China recreate iconic scenes from the anime film

New series of posters are total Ghibli cosplay goals

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Spirited Away posters for first theatrical release in China are stunningly beautiful

A new take on a beloved Studio Ghibli anime film.

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We try a Ninja Kakigori shaved ice dessert in Japan and wash it down with Cheese Tapioca Tea

Castle setting is the perfect home for this shadow warrior’s Japanese dessert. 

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Living next door to a stalker: Our Japanese reporter recounts the time her neighbour stalked her

Firsthand account is a cautionary tale for women living alone in Japan.

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