> On Feb 15, 2018, at 9:41 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdre...@gmail.com> 
> wrote:
> What do you think about the column, does it meet your expectations for 
> wayside shrine?

If the object is religious in nature, I think it is. 

Very very very old wayside shrines in Japan are usually destroyed. The weather 
demolishes everything. The small stone figure (of indigenous gods?) Carved into 
a stone is still on a rock along the road or sitting on a wall. In urban areas, 
they get small little platforms or shelters, like the one shown in the thread. 
They are sometimes POIs in local maps. 

This column seems to be like that - a religious object dedicated to a 
worshipped spirit right there, nearby, or a place for locals to leave small 
offerings to the dedicated spirit/dieity/god. Can be a small case for holding 
very small objects or accepting donations as well. 
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