On April 8, Buddha's Birthday, there was a ceremony held for a newly-built image of Buddha in the graveyard of a Buddhist temple, Shouhei-ji (勝平寺), in Akita-city (秋田市).
The chief priest Shunsai Takayanagi (高柳俊哉住職）at the temple of the Sodo sect of Buddhism （曹洞宗）, held the ceremony for the purpose of putting Buddha' heart and soul into the new statue with the supporting members of the temple.
The new statue of Buddha was built recently for those who died leaving nobody to look after his or her grave.
Priest Takayanagi also held the memorial service for those who were killed in the East Japan Earthquake and its Tsunami on March 11.
Buddha abides in
haru no nai nokoru Budda no inori kana
Buddha prays in
haru no nai inoru Budda no namida kana
― Hidenori Hiruta