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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All-you-can-eat Burger King is coming to Japan with a monster burger on board

Diners will find it hard to eat more than one burger in 30 minutes, but this is a food challenge our Mr Sato has been years in training for. 

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Abandoned Japanese houses transformed into stunning modern homes

Before-and-after photos of revamped vacant houses combine traditional beauty with modern style.

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The gyudon beef bowl that cooks itself in a box like magic

Self-heating gyudon is half science experiment, half magical alchemy…but how does it taste?

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Japan’s one-person sandwich press, a “God item” for solo diners, sells out online

Perfectly grilled cheese sandwiches and dessert toasties are a cinch with this Japanese cooking gadget.

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Does Burger King’s Ugly Beef Burger taste as bad as it looks?

We try the ugliest looking burger in Japan.

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New unstaffed gyoza store in Tokyo sells pot stickers 24 hours a day

We go on a post-midnight gyoza run to a shop with no staff — all part of our new normal in Japan.

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The reason why Japanese students don’t pronounce English properly

Good English pronunciation is less about ability and more about “surrounding eyes”.

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The best way to eat a gyudon beef bowl, according to staff at Yoshinoya

Secret tips and beef bowls from the staff break room are now available to the public for a limited time.

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Japanese student’s “drug dealer” English gaffe confuses foreign ALT

Assistant Language Teacher quickly learns that Japanese doesn’t always translate properly into English.

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Samurai face mask covers are here to serve during the pandemic

Channel a samurai from the Warring States Period, when masks were worn to protect the face from swords and arrows.

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Japanese wives reveal how they get revenge on their husbands

Ever had the water go cold on you suddenly while you’re in the shower? That may have been your wife getting “puchi” revenge. 

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Man arrested in Kyoto after failing to return rental car over a year past deadline

Late fee works out to be more than the cost of a new car. 

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Japanese convenience store customers reimagined as gacha game characters

Working at a konbini is like playing roulette with a gacha game mechanic.

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Matcha parfait ice cream bars: Kyoto tea store deconstructs parfaits, creates stunning new sweets

We try the most beautiful ice creams in Japan.

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New Japanese craft gin from Edo-period sake brewery contains the essence of “wa”

Unique blend of botanicals includes seaweed, tea, wasabi, and Japanese cedar, as a nod to the wood used in red shrine gates.

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Japan now has blue sake that changes colour in cocktails

Seilan is one of the most unique tipples in Japan, making sunsets appear like magic in “Blue Samurai” drinks.

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The polite way to eat onigiri rice balls sparks debate online

Even the humble onigiri isn’t safe from the complexities of Japanese etiquette.

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Fireman photographs female in bath, gets chased by parents, drives off with mother on bonnet

Hero parents risk their lives to catch a predator.

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TikTok food trend: How to make soft, pillowy Cloud Bread 【SoraKitchen】

This easy recipe will change the way you look at bread, and turn you into a viral TikTok star in the process.

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Chef at top Tokyo sushi restaurant wins lawsuit after being fired for maybe having a tattoo

High-end sushi restaurant ordered to pay thousands of dollars in damages.

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