Born in Saitama. The first woman doctor in Japan. She married at the age of 16 but after falling ill she divorced. After graduating from Tokyo Women's Normal School, she studied at the private medical school Koju-in. She passed the medical practitioner's exam in 1885 and opened Ogino Hospital as the first registered woman doctor. She joined the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), married a priest, Yukiyoshi Shikata, in 1890, and went to Hokkaido in 1894, where she ran a medical practice. After her husband died, she came back to Tokyo and in 1908 resumed running a hospital.