Janet Roth

I Missouri 173am 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.)

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  1. […] of you just look at the pictures). There’s another photo (also from Boon’s workshop) of Janet Roth working on this tree that says, Janet is working on her show tree for Jan 2014 show. Yes 2014. […]


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