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.

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7-Eleven now has make-it-yourself smoothies in Japan, and they’re amazing

New machine in stores makes life very convenient. 

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Do people in Kyoto really stand to the right on escalators?

How true is the left-in-Tokyo, right-in-Kyoto standing rule?

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A trip to the deadline cafe in Tokyo, where staff won’t let you leave until you’re done writing

A place where you can pay staff to look over your shoulder to help you stop procrastinating.

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McDonald’s teams up with local confectioners for new lineup of very Japanese desserts

Schoolgirls step in to represent Tokyo, Kyoto, and a surprise outsider for this surprising collection. 

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New “wet” potato chips revolutionise the snack industry in Japan

Not in Japan to try them? We’ve got you covered with a hack to make wet chips at home, no matter where you are in the world!

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New McDonald’s burgers pay homage to an icon of the kaiju genre

A favourite returns…with some surprising new ingredients.

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Japanese oden maker revolutionises the way we eat at home…with a few adjustments

New kitchen gadget lets you live out your 7-Eleven oden dreams at home. 

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How origami changed the life of a Japanese woman in the U.S.

A lesson in how to overcome your fears and change your destiny.

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Japan Rail apologises for discrimination “misunderstanding” with Russian sign

Railway company’s dedication to customer service backfires, landing it in hot water instead. 

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Which Japanese conveyor belt sushi chain has the best tai sushi?【Taste test】

Only one of these lucky fish uses a special and highly lauded preparation method.

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Fill your belly at the Starbucks all-you-can-eat buffet!

Pull on your comfy pants because there’s no time limits at this restaurant.

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Japan’s new “Takoyaki? Burger” reimagines takoyaki for the fast food world

“Huh? Takoyaki?!” is the perfect tagline for this weird new offering.

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We try Starbucks Japan’s new tongue-twister Frappuccino

The taste of a Japanese summer festival in a cup!

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Which Japanese conveyor belt sushi chain has the best scallop sushi?【Taste test】

Scallops step up to the plate in our latest sushi showdown.

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Takoyaki sushi rolls at popular Japanese chain take California rolls to a whole new level

It’s not the only weird sushi this conveyor belt restaurant has created. 

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The one place in Japan where you can buy epic, super-long dango sweets

Sword-like sweets take the phrase “hana yori dango” to a whole new level.

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Mother and son duo dancing beneath the sakura trees will bring a smile to your day

Viral video from Japan proves you’re never too old to pop and lock. 

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Starbucks Japan’s tongue-twister Frappuccino aims to bring smiles for summer…outside of summer

Starbucks starts setting the seasons according to its own calendar.

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Bowl or chopsticks: Which one should you pick up first?

An introduction to the finer details of Japanese dining etiquette.

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What’s the real reason for the ‘floating’ 3-D signs at Haneda Airport?

Ignore these pop-up signs at your own peril!

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