I am a suiseki and bonsai artist living in Oakland, California. I was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and after getting my A.B. from Vassar College in 1979 I moved to California for graduate school at U.C. Berkeley in the physics department. While I enjoyed teaching undergraduates I realized that actually being a physicist was not in my future (actually – I mainly enjoyed the Friday night poker games). In 1982 I left academia behind for a job at Visa International as a junior programmer, retiring in 2006 as Chief Systems Architect.
I first encountered bonsai at the East Bay Bonsai Society, which I joined in 1983, and was subsequently introduced to suiseki by Felix Rivera, the founder of the California Suiseki Society. I live with my husband, Mas Nakajima, and am a member of San Francisco Suiseki Kai and California Aiseki Kai and a founding member of Bay Island Bonsai.
I currently collaborate with Mas in studying and writing about suiseki and suiseki art and am the editor and webmaster of this site.
You can email me at “janet @ jtroth . com” or by using the form below. (Note, if you do not receive a reply from me in a few days, please check your email provider’s “spam” or “bulk” folders.)