Today, April 28, was the 49th day after the death of those who passed away in the Great East Japan Earthquake.
I visited the cemetery for those who had died with no surviving relatives, which is in the graveyard at Shouheiji-Temple （勝平寺） in Akita City （秋田市）.
I had Buddhist service there with cherry blossoms blooming, when it rained a little while reciting sutra.
The 49th day is called 満中陰 ( manchuuin), the time when the spirits of dead people depart for the Pure Land.
see the souls off ―
the Buddhist service
sakurabana joudo he hotoke okuri keri
sutra recitation ―
cherry blossoms bloom
for the souls' repose
sakura saku manchuuin no dokyou kana
― Hidenori Hiruta