Karen Yoshimizu Nobuta of Haru Florist holds a giant Oshogatsu wreath she created for Honda’s Rose Parade float. The wreaths are usually made of rice stalks, but Nobuta substituted raffia grass for their length. “I always wanted to make one, ever thought I could make a really big one,” she said. “It came out really nice.”
Below, Tanabata volunteers (from right) Yoshihito Yonezawa, Brian Kito, Shuichi Sonokawa and Masumi Muya create decorations for the Honda float at the Koban in Little Tokyo last Wednesday.
Photos by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo