Among the numerous special dishes eaten at New Year, one of them is a proven killer. And despite constant warnings (especially if you are eating alone), mochi always manages a few victims.
The food is a sticky rice cake with the emphasis on sticky, and the elderly are especially susceptible to chocking whilst eating it. In the Kanto region alone, 4 people died on New Year’s Day, plus 25 others were taken to hospital. With 15 of them falling into a critical condition.
Not the best of starts to the New Year it has to be said.