"To the moon – and back again" is just a phrase among lovers, but Yusaku Maezawa takes it literally. In a casting show that is similar to the "Bachelor", he is looking for his great love, which should accompany him to the moon in 2023. In addition, six to eight artists will accompany the couple into space.
The 43-year-old Japanese made billions through Zozo, an online fashion platform. But money is not everything: on his exciting five-day trip to the moon, Maezawa would also like to have a woman by his side. He will look for this in a casting show. It bears the romantic title "Full Moon Lovers" and is said to be shown on the Japanese streaming service AbemaTV.
"Full Moon Lovers": billionaire hosts casting show
On the website for applicants Maezawa writes: "I want to find a life partner. With my future partner I want to shout our love and world peace from space." Applicants must "be interested in flying into space and be able to physically participate in the preparation for the trip" and "be someone who wants world peace," the website says. The application deadline is January 17th. Maezawa will choose his partner by the end of March.
The business magazine "Forbes" estimates that Maezawa is 22nd in the ranking of the richest people in Japan. In 2023, Elon Musk's space company SpaceX will be launching its first civilian moon trip – Maezawa is the first passenger. It has happened many times that millionaires bought a ticket to the moon, but Yusaku Maezawa not only secured a place in Musk's rocket, but everyone.
"Dear Moon" moon trip: Six to eight artists on board
Even if you don't want to be Yusaku Maezawa's new girlfriend, you have the chance to fly to the moon with him. Because in addition to his future partner, he wants to take artists from all over the world with him. He called the trip to the moon "Dear Moon" and would like to use it to inspire artists in their work. The selected artists will then create works inspired by "Dear Moon".
You can choose from film directors, painters, dancers, authors, musicians, fashion designers, sculptors, photographers and architects. "I want to know and experience what artists can give the world if they are inspired to see our planet from a distance. As the moon does every day," said Maezawa in an interview with the business lifestyle magazine " Business punk ".
The Japanese multi-billionaire dreams of world peace and believes that art can bring it, he says in the interview: "I appreciate those artists who do something for world peace. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if the political elite of the United States followed heard John Lennon’s Imagine together on September 11, 2001. Would they have gone to war then? "
Swell: "Forbes" / "Business Punk"