The day of Jyugoya
The day of Jyugoya in Japan is also known as “Chushu-no meigetsu” which means mid-autumn moon in English., It is a day for people to view the beautiful full moon.
When Jyugoya is celebrated
The lunar calendar, unlike the Gregorian calendar, is based on moon cycles and shifts each year. In 2021, Jyugoya was on 21st September, but in 2022 it is on 10th September.
There are also similar mid-autumn festival events in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, and other countries.
The food eaten at Jyugoya
In Japan, we offer “tsukimi dango”, sweet rice dumplings to give thanks to the harvest and to pray for a good harvest in the future. The round shaped tsukimi dumplings are shaped like the full moon, and the amount of dumplings matches the day of the month (e.g. 21 on the 21st).
In addition to tsukimi dango, Japanese vendors also sell hamburgers, noodles and sweets with tsukimi motifs during this time.
Bunny motif sweet dumplings
Enjoy eating delicious tsukimi food and seeing the beautiful moon on this day!