In Japan, there is a custom of eating “Ozoni”, which is a sticky rice cake boiled in vegetable soup for the New Year.
However, there are elderly people who are transported to the hospital by ambulance because of choking on the rice cakes in the throat.
Fatal outcomes also can happen.
There are voices on the net like “New Years seasonal tradition”, “Why eating sticky rice cake can risk their lives?”
The number of young generations who don’t eat Osechi(traditional New Year’s food) and Ozoni have increased recently. As for elderly people, I think they just want to have the traditional meal on New Year’s anyways.
It seems that nursing care facilities are serving sticky rice cakes by cutting them into small pieces and simmering them well.