Kengyo Ogino was a biwa ballad reciter. He became blind while a child and learned the art of acupuncture which was an occupation reserved for the blind.
Kengyo Ogino was born in 1730.
He went to Kyoto and was trained for three years by Koto Terao, a master biwa musician. He then studied under Kengyo Kawase, another master biwa musician. His speciality was reciting Heike Monogatari, or stories of the conflict between the Minamoto and Taira clans. Kengyo Ogino wrote scores of the orthodox way of reciting Heike Monogatari and left them to posterity. It was for his efforts that it is still preserved today.