[quote="Jim Baker (jimbaker)"About the bowing, I notice that most Japanese dojos have the founder's picture outside the kamiza/kamidan, usually somewhere above it, off to the side. I wonder if this practice would do anything for the idolatry issue.[/QUOTE]
I never noticed that before but yes now that you mention it it is the same at my dojo. Pictures are not part of the Shomen.
Don't know about Aikiaki Honbu but ours is an Omotokyo shomen - so "true" shinto (ala Hanna) I'm not so sure.