Hello Dr. Little
It is funny that you should mention this. I was wondering what the Naval vs Army influences on Ueshiba, his thinking, decisions, actions, etc. might have been. If Takeda maintained his Satsuma (Army) connections this might explain Ueshiba's (and Admiral Takeshita's) inclination to separate from Takeda and Co. Clearly Ueshiba had strong Naval connections (and their particular inclinations), but we also know he had connections with the Army (and their particular inclinations) as well. I believe he had Black Dragon connections (as did so many with whom he associated), and another group (Sakura Kai?) is said to have held meetings within the Kobukan. Obviously Ueshiba, and many of his associates were hip deep in the military/political drama of the time. Whether or not that had a primary influence on Takeda & Ueshiba's relationship, I don't know.
I like your insights. Thank you for sharing them!
(BTW, given your studies and inclinations, did you ever run across any information that might indicate exactly what "brand" of Mikkyo
Takeda involved himself in?)