Yuujou grew from a simple idea: a circle of friendship strong enough to carry a group of travelers around the world. Sisters and storytellers Corinne and Yvonne Eisenring partnered with Oliver Herren, a Swiss internet pioneer, to bring this vision to life. On April 11, six travelers will embark on a 100-day journey with that vision as their sole itinerary. The journey begins with all six in Berlin, Germany, then splits into two teams of three, one heading east and one heading west, meeting each other 100 days later in Tokyo, Japan. Along the way, teams must stay with a friend of their previous host, moving from friend to friend across the globe. There are no prizes, no ads, no scripts, just the expectation that each traveler will creatively document their experiences of human connection along the way.
After receiving over 30,000 applications, Yuujou has narrowed the pool down to ten finalists. Culturs brings you a look at Yvonne Eisenring’s surprise visit to each finalist in this 10-part series.
Maxime is a nomadic videographer and photographer from Québec, Canada. In May of last year, they decided to travel full-time, honing their ability to capture experiences through video and photographs and sharing their adventures through YouTube and Instagram. Since then, Maxime has mastered the art of “low-budget travelling and finding creative solutions to make things work.” They hope to use these skills to make the most of the Yuujou experience. “The 100-days adventure is a great way to travel, meet people, make connections and memories, which is precisely what I live for,” they said. Maxime also identifies as non-binary, using the pronouns they, theirs and them, and sees Yuujou as a unique opportunity to represent their gender as one of the many important and beautiful facets of human diversity. Throughout their travels, they have celebrated this diversity by immersing themselves in local culture and communities, building meaningful and lasting friendships.
“I think this project is the best way to physically prove that we are all connected and that there are beautiful humans all around the world. “
Watch Eisenring surprise Maxime in Québec:
You can read more about Yuujou and follow their journey here.
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