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Rescue with the vacuum cleaner

For many Japanese start the new year, when you have eaten Mochi. Mochi rice cakes are. What belongs to the consumption of Mochi, traditionally, is the danger to life and limb. On new year's day, eleven Japanese were brought to the Mochi-eating to the hospital, one died. Well possible that he is not the Only one.

Mochi made from steamed glutinous rice. Traditionally, the rice mass in large wood will be trampled lifters mortars, and even greater Wood. To happen new year, the shrines often, to the public in Shinto. Everyone is allowed to beat a couple of times, and after each shock, the lump is turned. Because good Mochi need a minimum of 300 hard strokes. They say it is. So you get a homogeneous dough lumps, which is divided into plum-size pieces and shaped into balls. Is prepared, the viscous, sticky mass is spicy, roasted and sweetened. For the new year, however, it must be plain Mochi in Zoni, a special soup. And you eat as many as possible.

old people

Of the eleven people working on this 1 choking. January came as a Mochi-emergencies to the hospital, seven were over 60 years old, as the Tokyo fire and rescue services – it is also for the clinics responsible. The Deceased was about 80. Typical choke in the old people way of Mochi, because the mass in the throat. You are not out to get you, you can't swallow but down.

It is one of the fixed rituals of the Japanese media, on 2. To report in January, with almost macabre desire, how many Mochi-emergencies on new year's day again. And how many Dead.

There is hope

In the years 2006 to 2009, died on average per year, six people because of Mochi. Also that woman, the absog on new year's day of 2001, her elderly father was a Mochi with a vacuum cleaner from the neck is mentioned again and again. And his life saved.

The Mochi-statistics, which are also and of the fire brigade is published, States that there are, on average, seven Mochi emergencies in August, 221 in January.

2019 begins in this respect good, as the number of Mochi-related deaths is on the decline. Perhaps the leaflets, which are distributed to the fire Department, you have contributed to. On the handouts, they exhorted the population to cut Mochis small. And she gives tips on how to, if someone remains a Mochi stuck in the throat, First aid. Even without a vacuum cleaner.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 04.01.2019, 06:10 PM

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