Peter A Goldsbury
Like Hikitsuchi, Iwata favoured a white hakama.PAG
This is an interesting point.
Was this 1) a practice he had continued from his early days of pre-war training when the deshi at the Kobukan wore white hakama 2) something (like Hikitsuchi) connected with a Shinto ordination of some sort 3) a practice he adopted later in life (as is sometimes the case with senior kendo instructors) 4) some combination of the above or 5) something else entirely?
And just as interestingly, how did others respond to his choice?