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Authorities urge elderly people to be careful when eating mochi


'The National Police Agency and the Fire and Disaster Management Agency are urging elderly people to be careful when eating mochi rice cakes during the New Year holidays.

The appeal is made every year at this time. The sticky cakes, a traditional New Year's food, cause choking incidents among elderly people.

Authorities have advised people to cut up their mochi into small chunks and to eat it with great care, and in the presence of someone else.

During the New Year period, families traditionally cook ozoni soup and put the rice cakes in the vegetable broth.

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Or for the elderly not to eat mochi the same way that it is best to avoid skydiving or ice skating

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I don't eat mochi.

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

There’s the classic story of someone sticking the vacuum cleaner hose down granny’s throat to suck the mochi out that was choking her.

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The warnings must be working. There have been far fewer deaths in recent years.

Newgirlintown - There’s the classic story of someone sticking the vacuum cleaner hose down granny’s throat to suck the mochi out that was choking her.

It's not a story. They make an attachment for the vacuum to perform this task.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

I can eat many mochi. The trick is to take your time and eat small pieces.

Looking forward to 雑煮 tomorrow morning. I hope our elderly members can come to enjoy this hearty new year breakfast.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

How about not eating it and avoiding the classic new years ambulance call.

Try ice cream instead.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

I ate mochi then, I'll eat mochi now, and I'll eat mochi even when I'm old. I'm old, so I know what I'm talking about. I chew it, savoring the texture as well as the taste, until it's ready to go down.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Try ice cream instead.

Mochi ice cream is pretty good!

1 ( +5 / -4 )

We don't eat Zoni for New Year's breakfast.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Originally, Mochi came from China. Michi became a New Year's treat during Japan's Heian period (794-1185). A symbol of good fortune that was widely consumed by the aristocracy.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

Lots of warm or hot tea and cut it smaller than normal for the elderly.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Dangerous for young children too.

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Will i be eating mochi? No way Pedro, ghastly stuff. We don’t have any in the house, mark my words.

Well, every year we read about more deaths due to choking don’t we?

Staying in today, me my son and partner. Not keen on New Year’s Eve stuff to be honest, we celebrate our way, sleep up meal and some board games.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

If people need to be told to be careful when eating...

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

I eat mochi in small pieces with water or hot tea..

That's it...

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

I love mochi and always look forward to having it. But the first time I had it, I noted to my then-girlfriend that it seemed like a choking hazard. She said, matter-of-factly, that a handful of mostly elderly people died every year. I hope to wake up on the 2nd and not see reports of any deaths.

Will i be eating mochi? No way Pedro, ghastly stuff.

Well, not everyone’s cup of Rosie, but I wouldn’t be so negative as to call it “ghastly.” It’s for more refined palates, you see — those with an appreciation of subtle textural differences and variations on a motif.

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Once lodged in the throat it is a race against time from grandma, grandad or junior your youngest, choking to death.

It takes skill to revive Grandma Grandpa or your cutest children from a failure or the ability to chew and swallow from a failure to generate saliva to counter the sicky gooey cake thingy causing mayhem.

It also a fools errand to believe the soup broth my late grandmother stewed with dried shiitake, vegetables Kanto style will prevent choking.

Ok cultural traditions cannot simply be ignored or banned. Grandma and Grandad if bullied will ferret the stuff away and your only heads up will be either end (age wise) of your most cherished family members choking in the new year.

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I guess I’d people want to carry on with the traditional and they know the risks it’s up to them, I’d never give to a small child though, oh no, that wouldn’t be a good idea.

Never cared much for “Traditional” New Years in Japan or in U.K. just do what i want really.

Many people here are with family, my only family in Japan is my partner and son, my partners mum lives in Sapporo.

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For anyone who needs help this year: the Heimlich Manoeuvre


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Not gonna lie, every time I hear and ambulance siren around this time of year, I assume mochi is the culprit.

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The words you are looking for are "civil servants."

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

I've tried mochi a few times, it's bland, very sticky, I didn't enjoy it at all,

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In the Philippines we have bilo-bilo or pinaltok which they round it in a size where you can eat it without choking. https://www.google.com/search?q=pinaltok&oq=pinaltok&aqs=chrome..69i57j0i512l5.4865j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#vhid=njo-gzRpQZvUSM&vssid=l

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

This article or similar articles appear on this every year. Always a good reminder when enjoying mochi.

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