Yuujou is an international media art project focusing on friendship. Yuujou aims to inspire far more face-to-face-moments and real connections. Yuujou was founded in June 2018 in Switzerland. With a multicultural, cross-media, interdisciplinary social experiment we try to create a circle of friendship around the world: Two teams of 3 creative people travel in opposite directions from one friend to another. They start in Berlin and hopefully make it within 100 days to the other side of the world: Japan.
Corinne, who is Yvonne’s big sister, had this thought after a long trip: “What if we only travel from one person to another - can we make it to the other side of the world? Wouldn't it be interesting to see where the journey would lead you and who you'd meet along the road?” The two sisters were lucky to get to know Oliver through a mutual friend. As an internet pioneer with big ideas and the founder of two successful online companies, he had the desire to do an online project with more meaningful content. The crazy idea about traveling around the globe from one friend to another inspired him. Corinne, Oliver and Yvonne discussed the vision, became friends and in June 2018 they founded Yuujou. Read more about the story and purpose of Yuujou here.
Yuujou means friendship in Japanese. Katrin came up with this name right after she joined the team in July 2018.
Because it is the key to a good life! According to science, friendship, real connections and face-to-face-moments are the most important factors for a happy and healthy life. Loneliness increases the risk of dying early. You can get more information about why we are doing this on purpose
The Yuujou journey starts in April 2019 and ends 4 months later in July 2019.
The Yuujou journey is a 100-day trip around the world. Beginning in April 2019 and ending in July 2019. Two teams of 3 creative, adventurous people each will start in Berlin and travel in opposite directions. One team goes east, the other one goes west. They (try to) make it to the other side of the world - Japan. Each team travels around HALF of the world. The teams meet again at their final destination. That’s how they create ONE circle of friendship around the world.
We don’t know your route. The route unfolds along the trip as the travelers let their next stop be picked by the person they’re currently staying with. The person they are staying with will send them to one of his friends and so on... This is how the travelers visit hidden places. Important note: Yuujou travelers are intrigued by the idea of not knowing where the journey will lead to!
The journey is a challenge but not a race. Not the faster team will be the winner but the team that can collect more experiences. The travelers have to fulfill some tasks - for example to attend a special cultural event. The community is part of some of the challenges: They can decide what the travelers have to do next or help them to fulfill a certain task.
The Yuujou journey starts as a road trip. Means of travel: The three of you jump in a car and head off. However, as it is not possible to reach the other side of the world by land you will have to fly or take a ship at some point.
Your new friends will host you, so that you not only visit a place as a tourist but get a deeper insight of how people live around the globe. If someone cannot accommodate you, you’d either have the option of sleeping in a tent or a hostel (if there is one close by).
Not yet. You will travel with two other people coming from different parts of the world who hopefully become your friends during the trip. You will know the other 5 Yuujou travelers once they are all selected. You will also get to know them during a 2-week workshop before the journey starts. You will know with whom you go on the trip with, two days before the journey starts.
Yes. Of course you can explore a place a bit by yourself but you take the adventure together.
No. There will be a workshop before the journey starts where you will learn all you need to know for the trip.
Nothing. We’ve got you covered.
I don’t need any money? You can travel the world for free or in other words: You get a budget that is big enough to make it to the other side of the world! All travel expenses, visas and food are paid. Of course, if you want to buy an expensive handbag along the way you’ll pay for it yourself.
We do! You don’t need any money to go on the Yuujou journey. You only need to document your experience for the world to see.
We are very happy to have the generous support of our producer Oliver. Oliver was always intrigued by stories about hidden places and cultures but couldn’t quench his thirst for knowledge online. He wanted to have more meaningful content in his newsfeed, read more stories about places and people never appearing in the media. Through a friend he got to know Yvonne who is writer and journalist and known for a nomadic lifestyle. He heard about Yvonne and Corinne's idea to travel the globe by creating a circle of friendship and was enthused about it.
After the journey Yuujou will publish a book about the journey written by Yvonne and complimented by journal entries of the other travelers. The book will be published by the end of 2019. We will also produce and publish an art book with pictures of the journey and the people from along your trip. Last but not least there will be a movie documentary about the adventure.
Casting & Selection
The casting closed on 18th January 2019. We accepted applications from people from all over the world who are older than 18 years, who can speak English and can drive a car and most importantly: Who are ready for an adventure!
We are looking for people who are adventurous, open-minded and friendly. We are looking for people who believe in the power of friendship and who want to make new friends and are bold enough to even knock on a stranger’s door. We are looking for people who want to celebrate the diversity of the world and focus on the good. We are looking for creative spirits who seek the challenge and who are happy to document and share their experiences for the whole world to see.
No. You will MAKE friends all over the world. You will start the journey in Berlin at a friend’s place. This friend in Berlin will send you and your team to his friend. This new friend will send you to his friend. And so on. This means: You won’t know the people before you meet them. They are strangers to you. But: These strangers can become friends!
January/February 2019: The committee is interviewing the finalists.
- the applicant who received the most votes automatically reaches the Top 25 selection
- depending on fully completed profile, skills, video presentation and number of votes the jury picks a closer selection
- this selection gets an additional task to fulfill in order to reach the Top 25 selection
- the top 25 selection is interviewed by the Yuujou team
- next up is a shortlist of 10, which we will present in more detail
First week of March 2019: Announcement of the selected travelers
Sorry, the casting is closed. Join the community and get all the updates about Yuujou, because you never know... There might be a second season!
No. You only need to have a passport. We will figure out with you how to get the visas you might need. Important note: You don’t have to pay for any visa. We will pay for it.
The travelers themselves will document the journey. There is no camera team, no script, no nothing! We believe in raw and real content. The travelers themselves will film and photograph.
No. We will provide all the equipment you need.
No. We appreciate if you do so, but during a 2-week workshop before the trip, you will be taught how to operate the devices and how to film and photograph.
A core team in Zurich edits the footage and distributes it. Media teams all over the world help to share the content.
We believe in the power of friendship. Of course everything needs money and this project would never be possible without the funds of our producer and investor Oliver, who believes in our vision and shares our values. As we believe in the power of the connection of like-minded people, we don't want to compromise on our vision through advertising.
Firstly, thank you. Secondly you can become our friend or if you want to do more you can become an ambassador!
A Yuujou Ambassador shares our enthusiasm, vision and values and wants to support our idea. The ambassador spreads the project and the casting call within his country through his personal network and by reaching out to the local press. An ambassador is the local support for any questions about Yuujou.