- Born: 1827/4/15
- Died: 1903/8/27
- Other Names: 楠本イネ (Kusumoto Ine)
- Japanese: おイネ (O-ine)
Her mother was Kusumoto Otaki, who may have been a courtesan but who in any case bore a courtesan's stamp in her official papers allowing her access to Siebold in Dejima, the Dutch enclave in Nagasaki closed to almost all Japanese but courtesans.
Her father was caught smuggling a variety of items, chiefly forbidden maps (which, it was believed, could fall into the hands of Japan's enemies, such as Russia, which posed a threat on Japan's northern borders), and was sentenced with banishment from Japan on 1829/9/25. He left the country just over a week later, on 1829/10/3, two-year-old Oine and her mother waving goodbye to him from a small boat in the harbor as his ship, the Cornelius Houtman, pulled away.
Oine remained in touch with her father during his long exile, and was provided with Western medicines by him and with a training in Western medicine by his students who remained in Dejima.
Her father returned to Japan on 1859/7/6, after thirty years of absence. By this time, Oine had married, had a daughter of her own, become the first female doctor in Japan and established a gynecology clinic in Nagasaki. She would see him for the last time in the month of 1862/3, as he was forced to return to Europe once again, and never returned to Japan.
- Lambourne, Lionel. Japonisme: Cultural Crossings Between Japan and the West. London: Phaidon, 2005.
- Lambourne. p24.
- Lambourne. p20.
- Lambourne. p22.