In better times, relatives of the dead returned to leave grave markers and objects of remembrance. In 1903, the priests of Adashino Nenbutsu-ji temple gathered these long forgotten Buddhist grave markers ~ about 8000 of them.
Local residents sometimes place bibs on these ancient Buddhist statues. They might also make an offering of beer or food.
Adashino Nenbutsu-ji temple is also a place where Kyoto residents remember the souls of children who died at a young age or before birth.
Relatives leave stuffed animals or toys that the children liked (or might have liked).