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 beef bowl chain Yoshinoya releases new canned, ready-to-eat rice bowls 【Taste Test】

We try the full selection of emergency pork, beef, chicken and mackerel rice bowls.

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What it’s really like to join a Japanese festival and carry a mikoshi around Tokyo for a day

We join the festivities at Suga Shrine, made famous as one of the real-life locations from the hit anime film Your Name

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Japanese restaurant chain wows us with solo dining capsules, free Wi-Fi, personal power outlets

We try out the single-person dining capsules and never want to leave.

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We try “the best milk soft cream” in Tokyo

As light and airy as a cloud, could this really be the best ice cream in Tokyo? 

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New Totoro x Natsumikan range from Studio Ghibli covers glass tableware, towels and keychains

Totoro ditches his beloved acorn for a popular Japanese citrus this summer. 

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We try Tapioca Beer, the drink that everyone’s raving about in Japan right now

Boba beer? Yes, please.

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How to get a job in anime with Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki

When Miyazaki says Totoro isn’t cute, you don’t have to agree with him.  

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Fanta Socata!? Now available exclusively from Japanese vending machines

New Japanese Fanta features a unique flavour from abroad.

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Starbucks Japan creates a green tea slushie with sencha, apple, perilla and sansho pepper

Is frozen green tea with pepper as delicious as it sounds?

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Starbucks adds new fermented Frappuccino to their menu in Japan

Starbucks’ first Frappuccino to combine Western and Japanese fermented ingredients.

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Häagen-Dazs Japan brings out Yuzu Blanc Manger ice cream for a limited time this summer

Luxury ice cream combines the beloved Japanese citrus with a classic French dessert.

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Figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva receives hate mail in Japan, fans respond with viral hashtag

Japanese fans come out in force to show their love for the anime-loving skating star.

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We channel Sen from Ghibli’s Spirited Away and travel to a Japanese train station by the sea

One of the most unusual stations in the country, where you’re not allowed to exit the station, but you can visit a secret park by the platform. 

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Cosplay in the rain with a Snow White raincoat from Japan

Full length poncho turns rainy days into magical fairytales.

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New Choco Mint Pocky comes covered in pastel green mint chocolate

Mint chocolate now looks as cool as it tastes. 

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Japanese office worker gets fired, retaliates by making sushi out of business suit and iPhone

Satisfying stop-motion video shows familiar sushi dishes made with some very unusual objects.

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Japanese cosplayer shocks everyone with dramatically different before and after makeup photos

There’s a very different face hiding underneath this Idolmaster character.

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Avril Lavigne speaks Japanese in new commercial for Laundrin’ 【Video】

The singer sniffs her rooms and gives us a house tour for new nationwide TV ad in Japan

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Coca-Cola Japan brings out clear lime Coke with former gravure idol as their poster girl

Coca-Cola takes the clear drinks trend to a whole new level, and gives us a special Reiwa parody commercial as well. 

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Terrace House funnyman Ryota Yamasato now married to Japanese actress Yu Aoi

The unlikely marriage that no one saw coming surprises everyone in Japan.

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