Tama Kurokawa

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Tama Kurokawa, Lady Arnold (1869-1962) was the third wife of Sir Edwin Arnold.[1] She was born in Sendai City, Japan on November 21, 1869. At the time of her marriage in 1897[2] she was said to be the only Japanese woman bearing an English title.[3] She and Sir Edwin lived in London where she wore her kimono in the privacy of her home but western clothes in public. She was the only family member present when her husband died in 1904.

In 1924, she participated in an international convention in Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea organized by Princess Karadja, founder of the White Cross Union.[4]

In 1928, she was a member of the Japan Society, London.[5]


  1. ^ "His Japanese Wife His Only Solace. Sir Edwin Arnold, Old, Blind, Paralytic, and the Victim of a Degenerate Son". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 25, 1901. p. 47. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  2. ^ The Hartford Courant (October 20, 1897). "SIR EDWIN ARNOLD'S MARRIAGE The Bride is a Lady of Japan". The Hartford Courant. Hartford, Conn. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Lady Arnold, Only Japanese Woman Bearing an English Title". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 20, 1898. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "White Cross Union". The Vote. XXV (774). 22 August 1924. p. 4. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Transactions and proceedings of the Japan Society, London". 1928. Japan Society of London. 25. Retrieved 18 January 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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