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DOUGLAS ROTH is America's leading authority on Japanese pruning techniques.  After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, he served for 6 years as a U.S. Naval Officer in The Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan.  In 1988 he resigned his commission and established The Isshiki Zoo, a children's English language school in Hayama, Japan.  After passing the National Language test, he began a five-year gardening apprenticeship in Kamakura, Japan and became the first foreigner qualified to practice gardening in Japan.  His company, ROTH Tei-en, publishes The Japanese Garden Journal, and designs and maintains Japanese gardens throughout North America.

TAMAO GODA is an artist, illustrator, and professional gardener.  Daughter of well-known Japanese artists Sawako Goda and Tomio Miki, she has lived in many unusual places, including Egypt, New York City, and Tokyo, Japan.  After attending Hosoh University, she worked in Kamakura with master gardeners Susumu Saito and Yoshiyuki Goto.  In 1996, she moved to America and helped establish ROTH Tei-en.  She creates all of the illustrations for The Japanese Garden Journal, and is responsible for ROTH Tei-en's Japanese language research and correspondence.  Her interests include the Natural Sciences and gourmet cooking.

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