ORIC in Japan

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ORIC in Japan

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Just found an interesting ad on the Web :D :

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Though I do not know whether an Oric was ever sold here...

(It seems the original ad had two pages, but only the second one survived).
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Maybe there are archives in japan that can be searched?

I remember having seen this picture some time ago, and indeed that's the only Japanese reference I found at the time.

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Ok, here is the full ad:

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Dbug wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:59 am
Maybe there are archives in japan that can be searched?
I have been looking for a long time now and never found anything...

This ad was for a mail order company called Odessa, and I guess this company was just trying to sell some popular European computers on the Japanese market without really succeeding.

Japan had at this time its first MSX computers, which were really popular here, and despite its lower price the ORIC did not make it here.
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Wow this is great, I wonder how few were sold in Japan. Did these Oric machines from from UK direct or perhaps via France where Oric was more popular..

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The website where I found this ad says it comes from a Japanese magazine from year 1983, that is to say one year after the Oric-1 was first launched in the UK.

If you also look at the (fake) stamps on the (fake) envelope, you can see they are British ones.

The ad also says Odessa (in fact Trans World Trading KK) works together with a British company called "Micro Peripherals" and that they are importing computers from Western countries.

Considering all the above mentioned facts, we can therefore suppose their Orics were imported directly from the UK.
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Oh yes, I didn't look properly - agree with your deduction, the implication is indeed that this is from the UK. Nice to know there may be an Oric or two out there in Japan!!

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Apart me and my own Atmos, I am rather very skeptical about finding more fellow Oricians here in Japan. :(

But who knows...
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I'm sure there's one floating around in the back shelves of an alley-shop in Akihabara somewhere .. ;)

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:D :D :D
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HigashiJun wrote:
Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:15 am
Apart me and my own Atmos, I am rather very skeptical about finding more fellow Oricians here in Japan. :(

But who knows...
Well, based on the tracking information for my 8bit hub, it's possible there is an Orician in Kyoto.

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Dbug wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:23 pm
HigashiJun wrote:
Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:15 am
Apart me and my own Atmos, I am rather very skeptical about finding more fellow Oricians here in Japan. :(

But who knows...
Well, based on the tracking information for my 8bit hub, it's possible there is an Orician in Kyoto.
That would be good news !
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I think OPEL tried to get Orics in different countries. There may be a news item in one of the magazines about trying to sell there, but I'm not certain.

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