Hello! I hope you all had great holidays! :)
It's been over 3 months since I'm in Japan, and it's funny how much I actually miss my plants (not only lithops, but any plants I could look after). They've been a huge part of my everyday life since I was a child. I now and then ask my parents about my lithops (they are currently keeping an eye on the plants for me), and everything seems to be just fine - the stones are alive and kicking, well, by showing their new lobes.
The lithops-related plan for Japan was to visit the greenhouses/nurseries, but I unfortunately had to drop it for various reasons (mostly lacking time and money to travel). To cheer myself up I did the next best thing - bought the book I wanted to have since a couple of years already: THE GENUS LITHOPS by Yasuhiko Shimada. (it wasn't cheap either, I tell you)
It is fantastic! Amazing habitat and collection pictures shot by Mr. Shimada, as well as articles about cultivation and taxa descriptions. In fact I'm so in love with the book right now that I think I'll translate some of it and post it here in the near future. :)