sento kuyo

Adashino Nembutsuji in Torrimoto near Kyoto, is a temple dedicated to those who died without kin.

Long ago, they used to be buried along the foothills of Atagoyama, then far beyond the city limits. The graves  were marked with a small stone, on which an image of Buddha or a bodhisatva would be carved.

Later, as Kyoto developed, they were moved to Adashino. 

They are now crumbling and have become overgrown with moss, but each year, on August 23rd and 24th a moving ceremony called Sento Kuyo is held to remember the dead. 

In the evening twilight, more than a  thousand candles are lit for the repose of the dead souls.