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

Step back in time with Japanese-themed rooms at rare vintage love hotel in Osaka【Video】

Live out your fantasies of love-making in Japan’s bygone eras at this unusual love hotel in Osaka.

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Sailor Moon marriage certificates now come with JAXA Hayabusa spacecraft details

Sagamihara City is offering Sailor Moon marriage certificates sporting an image of JAXA’s Hayabusa spacecraft.

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Sleeve cats are taking over the internet in Japan this winter

Cats love to squeeze themselves into all types of cramped spaces, and this winter, they’re taking up residence inside shirt sleeves.

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“The Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel” reveals true extent of kendo’s influence on Star Wars movies

From the action scenes to the dialogue and spirit of the characters, this new short documentary hosted by Mark Hamill confirms the heavy influence of kendo on the entire Star Wars franchise.

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Japan gears up for foreign visitors with new interactive vending machine

Have you ever looked at a vending machine in Japan and had no idea what the strange, kanji-labelled drinks were? Now there’s a new interactive service that will explain everything for you!

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Take a trip in the name of the moon with Sailor Moon travel cases, bags and passport wallets

Now you can enjoy a vacation in cool anime style with Sailor Moon travel accessories in six character designs.

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Sanrio’s lazy egg character appears on menu items at new Gudetama Cafe in Osaka

Gudetama, the charmingly unmotivated raw egg character from Sanrio, is the star of the menu at his very own cafe in Osaka.

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Fish on new Yebisu “happy” beer cans changes colour when chilled

In Japan, even beer cans have cute details.

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Top 10 English vocabulary words for 2015 according to users of Japanese online dictionary Weblio

To coincide with Japan’s annual “Kanji of the Year” event, which reveals the mood of 2015 with a Chinese character, popular online dictionary site Weblio asked its Japanese users to nominate an “English vocabulary word of the Year”. The top ten results provide a unique insight into the hot topics of interest in Japan in 2015.

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Sushi, sumo, and cats in kimonos: the best Christmas and New Year cards from Japan【Pics & Video】

These holiday greeting cards from Japan are so cool you have to see them to believe they’re real.

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Santa sushi spotted in Japan, is here to deliver sackloads of deliciousness

Why celebrate Christmas with a turkey when you can have Santa sushi?

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New heated clothes hanger will dry your clothes in any type of weather

Raining outside? No dryer in the house? This new clothes hanger from Japan will dry clothes, shoes and boots at the touch of a button.

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Pocky to introduce new box designs for special occasions, including “Sukky” for Valentine’s Day

Pocky packets receive a revamp with some…unusual…word amalgamations.

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Can you guess what type of seafood pugs look like?

The likeness is astounding.

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Cute cat-shaped food and kitchen appliances hit the gachapon capsule toy market

Looking for a new line of tiny appliances? This cute cat-themed line of tiny toys is just what you’ve been looking for!

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The Bat Cave apartment: a unique place to stay in Shibuya, Tokyo

Ever wondered where Bruce Wayne would crash during a visit to Tokyo? You’d find him here in the Bat Cave, of course, and now you can stay here too!

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Our male reporter transforms into a beautiful Japanese courtesan at Tokyo photo studio

If you want to become a geisha, maiko, samurai or courtesan, gender is no barrier at this Asakusa photo studio.

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We visit the awesome new Samurai Museum in Shinjuku【Photos】

Experience the samurai spirit first-hand with original swords and armour at the recently opened Samurai Museum.

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Nipaishin: anime girls with booby cushions are now gracing prayer tablets and travel cards

The latest buxom anime girls to make our hearts skip a beat are now appearing on some of the most unusual merchandise we’ve ever seen.

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New Samurai Stormtrooper from Tamashii Nations is ready to fire up the troops for feudal battle

The latest figurine to join the popular Movie Realisation series is a samurai stormtrooper which comes complete with battle flag, conch shell and an impressive taiko drum!

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