Ogino was born as Anna Gaillard in Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, to a Japanese mother and father of European-American ancestry. She was naturalized during elementary school, and received her undergraduate and master's degree in French literature from Keio University, as well as receiving a scholarship to Paris-Sorbonne University to study Rabelais. In 2002 she became a professor at Keio.
Ogino began writing in 1983 as text author for comic strips about mermaids. A notable work, Watakushi no aidokusho (My love-hate affair with books) is a critical novel that compares eminent male Japanese authors to different types of foods. She has received the 1991 Akutagawa Prize for Seoi mizu (Water Burden) and the 2001 Yomiuri Prize for Horafuki-Anri no bōken.
- Keio University: Anna Ogino
- Sachiko Shibata Schierbeck and Marlene R. Edelstein, Japanese women novelists in the 20th century: 104 biographies, 1900-1993, Museum Tusculanum Press, 1994, pages 330-331. ISBN 9788772892689.
- Tomoko Aoyama, "The Love that poisons: Japanese parody and the new literacy", Japan Forum, Volume 6, Issue 1, 1994, pp. 35-46.
- Reiko Abe Auestad, "Ogino Anna and parodic language", Japan Forum, Volume 10, Issue 1, 1998, pages 31-45.
- Midori McKeon, "Ogino Anna's Gargantuan Play in Tales of Peaches, Rebecca L. Copeland and Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen eds, The Father-Daughter Plot: Japanese Literary Women and the Law of the Father, University of Hawaii Press, 2001, pp.327-367.
- Japanese Wikipedia article