With all the talk about the dragon being there or not being there, does anybody know what the logo for the Black Dragon Society is? Could it be possible that the dragon kakejiku is there because it was the year of the dragon?
Ueshiba's astrological animal was the dragon, too. And he was sometimes portrayed as a dragon. I have seen a ink painting of him as a dragon and my teacher kept a driftwood "dragon-head" in his kamiza at the front of his dojo. So the dragon painting in the photo could actually represent Ueshiba, himself.