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gaijin
literally "foreign person" - the Japanese word used, generally, to describe non-Japanese people.
JOAS
Japan Origami Academic Society - the organization that hosts and runs the Origami Tanteidan Convention. Their web site is: http://www.origami.gr.jp/ (bilingual Japanese/English)
Korea Origami Association
Having organized their first international convention in 2010, they have now established a regular proram of summer conventions in Seoul, South Korea. http://www.origami.or.kr (in Korean)
Gallery Origami House
Gallery Origami House (aka GOH in this guide) is the gallery, shop and business entity run by Mr. Makoto Yamaguchi. Among a myriad of other things, they are responsible for the publication of the Origami Tanteidan Magazine (the JOAS newsletter) as well as beautiful small-run origami books, generally complex models and the like. They kindly open their shop to the foreign visitors as a convenient meeting place during Convention time every year. Their website is: http://www.origamihouse.jp/ (mostly in Japanese, some English)
mansion
I'm not certain of the derivation of this (obviously borrowed) word in Japanese. It seems in relatively common usage as a word to describe tiny, one-room, weekly-rental apartments. With the housing crunch in Tokyo, the existence of such facilities isn't surprising, but to English speakers it's a funny word to describe such small spaces!
Origami Tanteidan
"Tanteidan" means "detective group" in Japanese; thus "The Origami Detectives" was the original name of the group that is now known as the Japan Origami Academic Society (see JOAS). The word is pronounced "tahn-tey-dahn" with a relatively flat intonation (no stress on any syllable).
OrigamiUSA
The national US origami organization, based in New York City. Their web site is: http://www.origami-usa.org/
 

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