How Did MeiroKodo Start?
I’ve actually had the idea for a puzzlebook like this since I was a little girl.
I remember when I was about 7 or so, my mother used to draw mazes for me, and I think after awhile I started to annoy her because I was always asking for them. I loved them! She finally said to me one day, “Honey, why don’t YOU try and draw them?” My eyes went wide … because I hadn’t thought of that. And so ever since then I’ve been drawing them myself!
When it comes to codes and secret messages and stuff, well, I’ve always loved that too. I used to make up my own codes when I was a kid, and write down notes to myself and use them to write in my diary. No locking diary needed for me! I had a special code!
Eventually as I grew into my teens, that was when I had the idea of combining these two things into one puzzle concept. Thing is, I could never find books like this. So finally I just decided to just create them myself.
Where Did You Come Up With The Name?
Initially I had a really hard time with that! I had no clue what to call this idea I’ve had – this concept.
Every cool and clever name I could think of was taken. I would Google things like “maze craze” or “crave the maze” …. whatever! I tried everything. And EVERYTHING I could think of was being used.
So out of desperation I decided to go to other languages.
Did you know that in pretty much EVERY SINGLE language in the entire world the word “maze” is synonymous with the word “labyrinth?” I was panicking and getting pretty depressed as I was researching this, because a maze and a labyrinth aren’t exactly the same thing.
The only other language I could find (besides English) that had its own word for “maze” was Japanese. In Japanese the word “maze” is MEIRO, and the word “code” is KODO.
And there you have it!
Why Do You Use A Thumbprint For MeiroKodo’s Online Profile Picture?
That’s a great question! There’s a personal story behind this:
Not too long ago, for about 10 years I suffered from this really severe eczema on my hands, and to a lesser degree even today, I still do.
Back when it was at its worst, it was very painful, it made my day-to-day life difficult (and at times unbearable), and it was damaging to my skin. Even now I still don’t have any more fingerprints. They’ve actually all but disappeared.
Now, because each of the mazes in MeiroKodo are so unique in their design, they’re much like our own fingerprints are in this respect – each one is original and different.
So for the online presence that MeiroKodo has, the avatar I use is a fingerprint. For me, it’s in this way that I’ve been able to get my fingerprints back – so to speak.
What Are The Messages In MeiroKodo About?
OK – so everything about MeiroKodo is art – from start to finish – and this includes the messages.
Poetry is known as word art, and the messages in my MeiroKodo books are actually poems that I write.
Ever since I was in my teens, I’ve been writing poetry. I’ve had some of my earlier works published in poetry books and newspapers, and I’ve even won contests with some of them, but all that was a very long time ago.
For quite a few years I had stopped writing. Life just somehow seemed to keep me too busy, as I think it does with pretty much most of us.
Anyway, when I decided to develop MeiroKodo, it brought back the motivation for me to start writing again. The mazes and the codes are unique, and the concept of these two things together is definitely original, but I felt like it was important that the messages be something special too.
The poems in the children’s books are mostly short, fun-type stories, and for the adult books, they’re more positive- and encouraging-type messages.
How’s Your Journey Been So Far With MeiroKodo?
Oh my goodness! Where to start? There are so many words to describe this… this… ADVENTURE … so far!
I would say:
fun – exhausting – thrilling – scary – challenging – interesting – a total learning experience – surprising – motivating – difficult – gratifying – uplifting
…. just to begin with!
You know, in the very very VERY beginning I had kept myself completely detached from MeiroKodo. I didn’t name myself in any way to it on social media, on this website, or even in the books.
The reason is because I was afraid that if it failed – if nobody liked this idea – if nobody liked this concept I’ve created – then by being anonymous to it, then no one would know that ** I ** had failed, right? That way I wouldn’t have to be embarrassed publicly, and neither would anyone who knew me.
Putting yourself “out there” can really be a scary thing no matter who you are, where you’re from, or how old you are. But I realize now I shouldn’t have been afraid like that – even if nobody really had liked my idea for this.
The genuinely important thing here – the real truth – is that everyone has something unique to share – everyone – and no one should be underestimated or disregarded for it. I think more often than not we tend to do that to each other, but mostly to ourselves, and it’s not the way we should think.
You know it’s one thing to know something, but entirely another when you learn what you think you know. I’ve learned a lot of things on my journey with MeiroKodo, but this would have to be the best lesson so far, and I’m grateful for it.
About The Benefits Of MeiroKodo…
MeiroKodo has a calming and relaxing effect as you colour through each maze. This is due to a number of reasons:
Colouring puts us in a meditative state, and that significantly reduces our stress levels.
You don’t have to be an artist to colour – anyone can do it. And the great thing is that by unplugging from technology, you give yourself a chance to redirect yourself from a consumption-state of being to a more creative-state of being.
Focusing on the task at hand helps us to achieve a state of mindfulness.
With MeiroKodo, to begin with, you’re naturally inspired to complete all the puzzles. This is because without doing so, the secret, encrypted message at the end is, at the very least, difficult to figure out.
And whether you’re exploring your way through the children’s mazes or the adult mazes, the messages are always upbeat and positive.
The children’s messages are mostly written with a story-telling and light-hearted approach that is fun and entertaining.
The adult messages are always and specifically just for YOU. They are encouraging, uplifting, elating, and eloquent.
MeiroKodo is a different kind of puzzle book concept, and what makes it unique is that it offers a refreshing level of fun and challenge that comes to you in a way you just can’t get from anywhere else.
With MeiroKodo you don’t just solve a puzzle, then go on to solve another, and so on and so on, with no reward afterwards.
MeiroKodo goes beyond the usual puzzle traditions to stand alone and deliver fun with inspiration as never seen before.
Since everything about MeiroKodo is art, it’s not only completely original in its concept, but also in every aspect of it – from the first page to the last.
The mazes are individually hand-crafted, the symbols are also organically inscribed, and each message delivers an innovative and special surprise unique to the concept of what MeiroKodo is.
Simply put, MeiroKodo is an experience.
Our sense of direction and memory are some of the first things we develop when we’re learning to crawl and move around. Mazes are GREAT for continued maintenance and development for these areas of our brain – one of which is the hippocampus, which is where Alzheimer’s strikes first.
Language is something we learn early on as well. With the coded messages in MeiroKodo, deciphering the symbols challenges us as we try and solve the message with them. It’s natural to start trying to figure out the message before all the symbols are interchanged for their letters of the alphabet. This too has great benefits for our cognition, as well as for ESL (English as a Second Language) students and development.
Everyone loves to have fun! MeiroKodo definitely brings the fun, and with a special kind of twist!
So sharpen your crayons or coloured pencils, and get ready to sharpen your mind and have fun, because colouring and codes aren’t just for kids!
When colouring through the pathways of each maze as you try to solve it, if you take a wrong turn, change colours of your pencil or crayon for the next path you take. The more mistakes you make, the more beautiful the mazes look.