At a Tsukimi celebration you’ll often find tsukimi dango, a pyramid of 15 (for the 15th day) white rice cakes. Sometimes the top-most dango will be colored yellow like the harvest moon, and other times people will shape extra dango like little rabbits. Want to try your hands at preparing your own tsukimi dango? Check out our recipe here. It’s super simple, and you already have at least half the ingredients at home.
Along with tsukimi dango you’ll find other seasonal foods like sweet potatoes, chestnuts, and more. But you’ll also find many restaurants offering “tsukimi” dishes with fried eggs or extra egg yolks, as the yolk is often compared to the yellow harvest moon. One of the most viral versions is Mcdonald’s Tsukimi Burger, which has been a popular seasonal item for years. Other dishes you might find include tsukimi udon, soba, curry, and ramen.