O is for Orihon

Ooh-la-la! O-Day is on! Order! Order! Order, I say! All you open-minded, outstanding, outrageous, obliging bloggers and the obstinate, obnoxious oddballs too. If only we could continuosly overflow with optimism, omit negativity and operate in the original and organised way we did when the challenge began… Ooopsy Doopsy… I don't think that's gonna happen though… Need something to keep you going? Breathe deeply and ——- Om…. om… om… om… om… om…

Ever wondered what books would say if they had the chance to express themselves/air their views?

Well, you are about to find out!

All illustrations are by the talented Mary-An. Check out her website HERE

But wait! What is an orihon? It is a book consisting of a long strip of paper that is written on one side and then compacted by folding in zig-zag fashion. The orihon format is considered a step between a scroll and a codex. Go to WIKIPEDIA for more info…

And now you get to play along! What do YOU think the orihon wants to tell us? Post it in the comment section below. Have fun!

 At the end of the challenge, between 02nd and 05th of May, I'm going to announce my favourite "book comment" which will be the one that resonates with me the most!

A REMINDER: the IWSG site will have a corresponding post for each letter/day of the A to Z Challenge so do stop by.

On the Facebook page, a thread will be started for the "letter of the day" and we'd LOVE you to share your A to Z post links on the daily thread – this saves YOU time scrolling through links on the master A to Z sign-up list, especially since people post at different times… some MAY skip letters… dead links etc.

One last thing – don't forget to visit those who stop by your blog!


  1. Celine on April 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I wanted to be an accordeon…Mother Nature screwed me over and made me an Orihon. *sob*

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Unfold me and you'll never fold me back properly again!!! (Insert evil laughter.)

  3. C. Lee McKenzie on April 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Any chiropractors out there?

  4. Debi O'Neille, writing against the wind on April 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I remember saying oopsy doopsy a few decades back. What fun to remember favorite words of yesteryear. 🙂 I think the book is saying, "I don't know which way I'm supposed to be going."

  5. Sherry Ellis on April 17, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I look like an accordian – not a book!

  6. krystal jane on April 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Alex is hilarious! That is so true. *shakes head*

    Orihon – Konichiwa…also known as a glorified hibachi steakhouse menu. ^_^

  7. Kristin Smith on April 18, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Who's ever heard of an Orihon? Couldn't they just name me something simple like "The Accordion Book"?

  8. Lori L MacLaughlin on April 18, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Oops, sorry! I thought you were a map!

  9. Marie Abanga on April 18, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Hi Michelle, thank you so much for using my O word in your great post

    I wrote on Open mindedness and even if I don't know what orihon really means, my open mind embracess your good intentions in cheering us all on!

    Marie at http://myeverydaypersonalblogspot.be/

  10. Hilary on April 18, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Hi Michelle … Orihon – well you're too clever for you own good – upside down, inside out … the world needs more orihons like us .. 

    Cheers – Hilary

  11. Julie K Pick on April 18, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Oh no! How am I supposed to fit through this revolving door?

    What a great O word, Michelle!

  12. Medeia Sharif on April 18, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Unfold me, one more time, another fold, you're not done yet…there, you got it.

  13. Jamie Dement (LadyJai) on April 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    No matter how you fold me, you'll never get the same story twice. 🙂


    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    http://writebackwards.we3dements.com  –  My A to Z
    http://caringforaveteran.wordpress.com  –  Caring for My Veteran

  14. Beverly (@Bevimus) on April 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    This is a barnd new word for me!  I will try hard to remember it.


    Would a folded map be considered an Orihon?

  15. susan on April 18, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    in this state I can't keep clothing from becoming wrinkled – too much ironing

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