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 adorable short anime in honour of Pokémon Day

Meowth, Eevee, and Pikachu are just some of the characters to appear in this very Japanese scene.

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Oldest ryokan at Japanese onsen resort goes bankrupt due to coronavirus

COVID-19 claims its first major business casualty in Japan.

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Japanese PM asks schools around Japan to close as coronavirus cases rise

Surprise announcement comes as children are now testing positive for COVID-19.

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Ninja Castle in Tokyo has heartwarming message for foreign tourists in midst of coronavirus

Japanese shadow warriors work to “eliminate corona discrimination” in its tracks.

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Hedgehog Carry House from Japan lets you take your little pets with you wherever you go

Stylish shoulder bag opens up a whole new world of playtime with a number of handy features. 

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Nintendo brightens the life of a Game Boy-loving 95-year-old Japanese grandmother

Another heartwarming tale of Nintendo’s legendary God-like customer service.

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Japanese photographer captures the beauty of Kyoto in the snow 【Photos】

Visit famous tourist spots like you’ve never seen them before. 

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Studio Ghibli Museum closes due to coronavirus fears

Sudden temporary closure has taken everyone by surprise.

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Soba restaurant in Japan struggles to find new employee, rewords job ad and offers flood in

There’s one surprising aspect of working at a 120-year-old Japanese restaurant that has everyone wanting to work there.

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New Japanese KitKats feature sakura sake and a traditional cherry blossom dessert

Hanami flavours are accompanied by a special limited-edition Easter treat this year. 

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Japanese maid delivery service brings omurice to your door 【Video】

Now you can apply to have omurice delivered to your door with a side of “moe moe chin”.

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The mystery of the phantom “sake pass card” at Japanese alcohol vending machines

Remnants of a bygone era reveal the quirks of a previous payment system.

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Starbucks Japan reveals second sakura cherry blossom drinkware range for 2020

New collection inspired by pink petals in the misty spring rain.

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Starbucks Japan reveals second sakura Frappuccino for cherry blossom season 2020

Robust flavours of fruit and flowers steal the limelight in this limited-edition seasonal beverage.

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What happens when you accidentally put a gyudon beef bowl meal through the washing machine

Sad tale of a Japanese Uber Eats delivery gone wrong

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Mount Fuji plans to start charging compulsory fee to climbers

Soon you’ll have to pay to climb Japan’s highest mountain. 

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Man sees figure clinging to bus on highway in Japan, immediately calls police 【Video】

The vehicle was spotted travelling at speed and showed no signs of slowing down. 

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Kyoto starts new “Empty” tourism campaign to attract tourists during coronavirus outbreak

Visitors to Kyoto have plummeted, prompting a new series of ads showing sites like the Arashiyama bamboo forest totally devoid of people.

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Starbucks Sakura Frappuccino blooms in Japan 【Taste Test】

Spring has sprung at Starbucks, where a delicious cherry blossom hanami party awaits you.

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Shikayose: The Calling of the Deer in Nara with acorns and a French horn

With thousands less tourists in Nara due to the Coronavirus, this year’s winter celebrations seem strangely more magical

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