Mary Eastland wrote:
It would be an interesting poll to see who would actually wear a white hakama. I don't think I would but I am going to get a dark purple one.
While white hakama are fairly common in a number of martial arts, and widely used by both priests and lay practitioners in Shinto and syncretic Shinto/Buddhist practice traditions like Shugendo, it's worth noting that within the Japanese cultural context purple hakama are most often worn by senior Shinto Priests attached to major shrines, so the unease that is caused in some quarters by a white hakama is likely to be multiplied several fold by a purple one.
Of course, what you do at home or your home dojo is always your own business, but by way of comparison, dressing up like the Pope and going to Sunday Mass might raise a few eyebrows at most parishes.