September in Japan usually brings with it Autumn or Aki (秋) with cooler weather, beautiful fall leaves and Autumn food and drinks. One of my favourite Autumn foods in Japan during this time is the Tsukimi burger. When this starts appearing on The McDonald's menu I know for sure that Autumn has arrived in Japan. The burger is only available for a limited time during the Autumn and will be on the menu again from the 18th of September.
The Tsukimi Burger (月見バーガー) or moon watching burger is so called because the egg in the burger resembles the Autumn full moon. The egg yolk represents the full moon and the egg white the white sky. The Tsukimi Burger first made its appearance on the McDonald’s Japan menu in 1991 and has been a popular tradition every year. The burger contains a poached egg, a beef patty, bacon and a special sauce.
|Traditional Tsukimi Burger|
|Tsukimi with Cheese & Large Tsukimi Burger|