Tsukimi: Japan’s Moon-Viewing Tradition and the Modern Moon Burgers

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Tsukimi, or moon-viewing, is a traditional Japanese event dedicated to admiring the beauty of the mid-autumn moon.

Historically celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, it now typically falls between September and October in the modern calendar.

From ancient times, Tsukimi customs have included offering dango (rice dumplings), decorating with pampas grass (susuki), and setting up moon-viewing platforms.

However, in recent years, a modern twist has emerged: the Tsukimi burger. This burger, which features a soft-cooked egg resembling the moon, has become a popular autumn treat.

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McDonald’s Tsukimi Burger

Introduced in 1991, McDonald’s Tsukimi Burger is a long-standing favorite.

It’s a simple yet delightful combination of a beef patty, lettuce, tomato, a soft-cooked egg, and aurora sauce sandwiched between buns.

The egg yolk, reminiscent of the moon, has made this burger an autumn staple.

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KFC’s Torori Tsukimi

Making its debut in 2022, KFC ( Kentucky Fried Chicken )’s Torori Tsukimi boasts a hearty composition. Nestled between the buns are KFC’s original chicken, a soft-cooked egg, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and butter.

The rich flavors of the egg yolk and chicken are a match made in heaven.

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Lotteria’s Hanjuku Tsukimi Japanese-style Exquisite Cheeseburger

Introduced in 2023, Lotteria’s burger offers a Japanese twist. It combines a beef patty, lettuce, tomato, a soft-cooked egg, and a special Japanese-style cheese sauce between buns.

The blend of the egg yolk and the Japanese sauce is perfect for those long autumn nights.

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Hotel New Otani’s Shin Tokyo Tsukimi Burger

Also launched in 2023, this luxurious burger from Hotel New Otani features a premium wagyu beef patty, soft-cooked egg, mayonnaise, mustard, truffle sauce, and Parmesan cheese.

The decadent flavors of the egg yolk and wagyu beef meld beautifully, offering a lavish taste experience.

As you can see, various companies have embraced the Tsukimi burger concept, each adding their unique spin.

Why not indulge in one of these moon-inspired burgers on a serene autumn night, as you bask in the glow of the mid-autumn moon?


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