Inheriting the Spirit of Wagashi
Workpedia Japan focuses on the lives of foreign nationals working in Japan. This time, we meet Bill Leon Guerrero from Guam, a confectioner of Japanese sweets in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan. (This program was broadcast on June 2, 2022.)
Sixty-one-year-old Bill Leon Guerrero has been making Japanese confectioneries in Ehime for twenty years.
Bill's original tangerine daifuku. A whole tangerine and white bean paste are wrapped in a layer of soft rice cake.
Bill's confectionery makes about 1800 daifuku every day.
Bill's wife Masuda Toshie (right) supports her husband's work. Their son Masuda Hiroki (middle) is the third-generation confectioner.